A body has been found following reports that a man had fallen off a boat around the Kent coast, according to HM Coastguard. 
“At around 1pm, after many hours of searching, a body was sadly found in the water by the RNLI Margate lifeboat and has been brought to shore,” a spokesperson said. 
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They said the search took place in “very rough seas and challenging conditions”, as Storm Dennis moved in on the UK. 
Authorities were alerted that a man had potentially fallen overboard near Margate at around 5.40am on Saturday. 
A Royal Navy vessel, a police boat and a helicopter where dispatched to try and locate the missing person. 
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Storm Ciara batters UK
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A Toyota car in a sinkhole which appeared overnight in Hatch Road, Brentwood, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara
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Dozens of domestic and international flights have been cancelled as Storm Ciara is set to batter the UK and Ireland with heavy rain and winds of more than 80 miles per hour
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Large waves and sea spray caused by Storm Ciara hit vehicles being driven along the seafront in Newhaven
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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A flooded street is seen after Storm Ciara downpour in Hebden Bridge
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Flooded houses in Mytholmroyd
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Firefighters rescuing a person from a car in a flooded street in Blackpool
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A sign nearly submerged on the coast in Bosham, Sussex
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Newly constructed flood defenses on the River Calder by Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire
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Flooding on the coast in Bosham, Sussex
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Storm Ciara has also hit areas across Europe. Rescuers work on the A2 motorway in Marly, northern France, after a truck was tipped over in the early morning
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Waves crash into the wall at Newhaven in East Sussex, as Storm Ciara hits the UK
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A man looks at debris and damage at his home in Mytholmroyd
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Flood water rushes down a street past houses in Mytholmroyd, northern England
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Flood water surrounds cars parked outside a flooded Co-Op shop in Mytholmroyd
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People enjoy leaning into the wind as Storm Ciara arrives in West Bay
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Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse
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Workmen clear up after tree fell on speed camera and damaged it on The Meadway in Tilehurst, Reading
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Part of Bridge House Guest House and Sonia’s Bistro in Hawick collapsing into the fast-flowing River Teviot as Storm Ciara battered Scotland with high winds and heavy rain
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Damage to Bridge House Guest House and Sonia’s Bistro
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A flooded car in Mytholmroyd
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Waves crash against the harbour wall in Porthcawl
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A fan arrives in the heavy rain for the Premier League match at Bramall Lane ahead of Sheffield United’s Premier League game against Bournemouth
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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A fallen tree in the Longlevens area of Gloucester
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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A fan arrives in the heavy rain for the Premier League match at Bramall Lane
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The river Tweed bursts its banks in the Scottish Border
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Cars make their way through floodwaters as Storm Ciara hits in Accrington
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Poor weather conditions at Bramall Lane
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People walk along the debris-covered promenade after waves broke across it at hight tide, in Blackpool
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A trampoline on the railwayline between Sevenoat and Orpington
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Fans arrives in the heavy rain for the Premier League match at Bramall Lane
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High water levels in Hawes, North Yorkshire
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Combination photo showing a crane at a building site in Worthing, West Sussex, which is rotating on its own in the wind
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Manchester City’s match against West Ham has been called off due to the extreme weather
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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Waves hitting the Cobb in Lyme Regis
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Flooded pitch at Bramall Lane
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Waves crash against the breakwater during Storm Ciara at Wimereux, France
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The river Tweed busts its banks in the Scottish Borders
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Sheep cut off by a flooding River Tweed in The Scottish Borders
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A lifeboat passes white cliffs, as Storm Ciara hits Newhaven
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People walk on the Erasmusbrug in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Waves crash into the wall at Porthleven in Cornwall
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A woman holds a hand rail to steady herself as she walks along the harbour wall in Polperro, south west England
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People walk along the promenade as waves in break in a stormy sea alongside the lighthouse in New Brighton, north west England
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Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham
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Cladding lies on the ground after falling from the Copthorne Hotel next to the Bramall Lane
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Damage to one of the stands at Wisbech Town Football Club in Cambridgeshire
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Waves crash into the wall at Newhaven
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A fallen tree crushed a car in Wigan
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A man walks with a child and a dog on a dike against strong wind during the storm Ciara in Harlingen, The Netherlands
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Waves crash over the harbour wall by a lighthouse as Storm Ciara hits Newhaven
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Onlookers watch the storm-churned waters at Newhaven
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Police attending the scene of a fallen tree blocking Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead
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People get blown by the wind as waves crash over the harbour wall as Storm Ciara hits Newhaven
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A motorcycle parked in a flooded street in Mytholmroyd
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Large waves and sea spray caused by Storm Ciara hit vehicles being driven along the seafront in Newhaven
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Tree on the Motorway 0411, Brussels to Luxembourg in Bierge, Belgium
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Body boarders ride the stormy waves at Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire as Storm Ciara approaches the Welsh coastline
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Waves crash against wind turbines at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
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People walking alone Salthill promenade in County Galway as Ireland and the UK brace for Storm Ciara
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Construction workers begin the process of dismantling steps at Galway’s South Park after organisers of the opening ceremony to mark Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture cancelled the ceremony due to bad weather with Storm Ciara due to arrive later on Saturday
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A fallen tree on power lines in Newborough near Peterborough
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Geese take advantage of the conditions as floodwater fills the streets of Hebden Bridge
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People walking their dogs on Salthill promenade
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Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill County Galway being battered by waves
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A body boarder rides the stormy waves at Broad Haven
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The river Tweed floods in the Scottish Borders
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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A woman walks through floodwater in Bosham, Sussex
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Flooded houses in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire after the River Calder burst its banks
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Flooding on the road through Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire
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A Toyota car in a sinkhole which appeared overnight in Hatch Road, Brentwood, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara
2/75 Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse
Dozens of domestic and international flights have been cancelled as Storm Ciara is set to batter the UK and Ireland with heavy rain and winds of more than 80 miles per hour
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Large waves and sea spray caused by Storm Ciara hit vehicles being driven along the seafront in Newhaven
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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A flooded street is seen after Storm Ciara downpour in Hebden Bridge
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Flooded houses in Mytholmroyd
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Firefighters rescuing a person from a car in a flooded street in Blackpool
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A sign nearly submerged on the coast in Bosham, Sussex
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Newly constructed flood defenses on the River Calder by Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire
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Flooding on the coast in Bosham, Sussex
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Storm Ciara has also hit areas across Europe. Rescuers work on the A2 motorway in Marly, northern France, after a truck was tipped over in the early morning
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Waves crash into the wall at Newhaven in East Sussex, as Storm Ciara hits the UK
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A man looks at debris and damage at his home in Mytholmroyd
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Flood water rushes down a street past houses in Mytholmroyd, northern England
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Flood water surrounds cars parked outside a flooded Co-Op shop in Mytholmroyd
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People enjoy leaning into the wind as Storm Ciara arrives in West Bay
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Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse
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Workmen clear up after tree fell on speed camera and damaged it on The Meadway in Tilehurst, Reading
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Part of Bridge House Guest House and Sonia’s Bistro in Hawick collapsing into the fast-flowing River Teviot as Storm Ciara battered Scotland with high winds and heavy rain
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Damage to Bridge House Guest House and Sonia’s Bistro
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A flooded car in Mytholmroyd
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Waves crash against the harbour wall in Porthcawl
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A fan arrives in the heavy rain for the Premier League match at Bramall Lane ahead of Sheffield United’s Premier League game against Bournemouth
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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A fallen tree in the Longlevens area of Gloucester
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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A fan arrives in the heavy rain for the Premier League match at Bramall Lane
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The river Tweed bursts its banks in the Scottish Border
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Cars make their way through floodwaters as Storm Ciara hits in Accrington
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Poor weather conditions at Bramall Lane
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People walk along the debris-covered promenade after waves broke across it at hight tide, in Blackpool
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A trampoline on the railwayline between Sevenoat and Orpington
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Fans arrives in the heavy rain for the Premier League match at Bramall Lane
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High water levels in Hawes, North Yorkshire
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Combination photo showing a crane at a building site in Worthing, West Sussex, which is rotating on its own in the wind
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Manchester City’s match against West Ham has been called off due to the extreme weather
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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Waves hitting the Cobb in Lyme Regis
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Flooded pitch at Bramall Lane
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Waves crash against the breakwater during Storm Ciara at Wimereux, France
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The river Tweed busts its banks in the Scottish Borders
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Sheep cut off by a flooding River Tweed in The Scottish Borders
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A lifeboat passes white cliffs, as Storm Ciara hits Newhaven
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People walk on the Erasmusbrug in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Waves crash into the wall at Porthleven in Cornwall
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A woman holds a hand rail to steady herself as she walks along the harbour wall in Polperro, south west England
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People walk along the promenade as waves in break in a stormy sea alongside the lighthouse in New Brighton, north west England
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Traffic passes through water on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham
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Cladding lies on the ground after falling from the Copthorne Hotel next to the Bramall Lane
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Damage to one of the stands at Wisbech Town Football Club in Cambridgeshire
52/75
Waves crash into the wall at Newhaven
53/75
A fallen tree crushed a car in Wigan
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A man walks with a child and a dog on a dike against strong wind during the storm Ciara in Harlingen, The Netherlands
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Waves crash over the harbour wall by a lighthouse as Storm Ciara hits Newhaven
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Onlookers watch the storm-churned waters at Newhaven
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Police attending the scene of a fallen tree blocking Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead
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People get blown by the wind as waves crash over the harbour wall as Storm Ciara hits Newhaven
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A motorcycle parked in a flooded street in Mytholmroyd
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Large waves and sea spray caused by Storm Ciara hit vehicles being driven along the seafront in Newhaven
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Tree on the Motorway 0411, Brussels to Luxembourg in Bierge, Belgium
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Body boarders ride the stormy waves at Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire as Storm Ciara approaches the Welsh coastline
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Waves crash against wind turbines at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
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People walking alone Salthill promenade in County Galway as Ireland and the UK brace for Storm Ciara
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Construction workers begin the process of dismantling steps at Galway’s South Park after organisers of the opening ceremony to mark Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture cancelled the ceremony due to bad weather with Storm Ciara due to arrive later on Saturday
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A fallen tree on power lines in Newborough near Peterborough
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Geese take advantage of the conditions as floodwater fills the streets of Hebden Bridge
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People walking their dogs on Salthill promenade
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Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill County Galway being battered by waves
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A body boarder rides the stormy waves at Broad Haven
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The river Tweed floods in the Scottish Borders
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Flooded streets in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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A woman walks through floodwater in Bosham, Sussex
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Flooded houses in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire after the River Calder burst its banks
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Flooding on the road through Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire
The distress call is believed to have come from B Gas Margrethe, a Maltese tanker that had been anchored off the coast of Margate.
The search operation was carried out as the UK braced for a new storm this weekend, which hit the first parts of the country around midday. 
The Met Office has issued weather warnings over strong winds and heavy rain forecast for Storm Dennis. 
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Areas of the country battered by Storm Ciara last week are threatened with fresh bouts of flooding, forecasters have warned. 
Members of the British Army have been sent to help locals deal with the bad weather in West Yorkshire, one of the areas at risk of more floods. 
Hundreds of UK flights have been cancelled over the fresh storm, with passengers at Gatwick being the worst affected.
Forecasters have predicted winds could reach 70mph along coastlines in the UK’s second blustery weekend in a row. 
Thousands of homes were left without power and 90mph winds were recorded around the country during the previous bout of bad weather.