Two men found dead on boat in Whitby harbour

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Two fishermen have been found dead on a boat moored in Whitby harbour on the North Yorkshire coast.

The discovery was made at around 10am on Wednesday morning.

The vessel had been berthed near the harbour's market building so that it could be refuelled, and the bodies were found when the fuel tanker arrived.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman told the Courier: "There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and no one else is being sought in connection with the incident."

According to the Whitby Gazette, it appears the men died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

It is believed they had left an oven ring burning during the night to keep warmer.

The boat was one of a number visiting Whitby from Milford Haven in South Wales in a bid to exploit the abundant scallop shoals off the area's coastline.

Darren Butcher, a fishmonger, who watched the bodies being removed, told the Guardian: "It was a couple of lads who had slept on board. It's thought they were trying to warm up and put a gas ring on, it blew out and the gas has killed them."

He added: "It wasn't until an oil tanker came and tried to wake them up that set the alarm off."

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