Crews searching for a woman missing from a yacht which sank off the east coast have found a body.

The Thames Coastguard was scrambled to reports that a yacht had sunk after colliding with a dredger yesterday afternoon about a mile off the seaside town of Felixstowe, Suffolk.

One person and a dog who were on board the yacht were pulled to safety but a woman, with another dog, was missing.

A dive team from Norfolk Fire Service spent the day about five nautical miles out to sea around the area of the wreck, Suffolk Police said.

A force spokesman said: " At approximately 5pm this afternoon, a body of a woman was recovered from the sea in the area where the yacht sank.

"Although formal identification has not yet taken place, it is believed the body is that of the woman who had been on board the yacht.

"The second dog has not been found.

"The woman's body has been taken ashore and a post mortem examination will take place in due course."

A joint investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision will now be carried out by Suffolk Police and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.