Missing Russian sailor feared dead

POLICE officers searching the banks of the River Orwell for a Russian sailor who went missing on Christmas Eve fear the man may be dead.

POLICE officers searching the banks of the River Orwell for a Russian sailor who went missing on Christmas Eve fear the man may be dead.

Alexi Dorofeev, 36, disappeared from his ship, the Daniel Kay, moored at Ipswich Port on Christmas Eve but was not reported missing until Boxing Day.

Crew members presumed he had gone into Ipswich but raised the alarm when he failed to return after two days.

Insp Des Pooley, duty inspector at Ipswich Police Station, said officers had searched CCTV footage to find the man but were not optimistic for his safe return.

“We are not expecting good news,” he said.

Coastguard rescue teams from Holbrook and Felixstowe were searching the river and shoreline near the Orwell Bridge this afternoon helped by Harwich RNLI and a police rescue helicopter, but so far have found nothing.

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