At around 10:00 hours yesterday (Thursday 28th Jan), a multi-agency search and rescue operation was launched by HM Coastguard after a fishing vessel went missing off the coast of North Wales.
The alarm was raised after the vessel failed to return to its port when it was expected to do so.
Rhyl, Bangor and Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Teams were deployed along with RNLI lifeboats from Rhyl, Llandudno, Conwy and Beaumaris.
The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Caernarfon and a fixed-wing Coastguard aircraft have also assisted with the search.
North Wales Police are also involved, and broadcasts have been made to alert vessels in the nearby area to the missing vessel
Despite the extensive search to find the vessel and its crew, nothing has been found so far.
Duty Controller for HM Coastguard Rob Priestley said:
“We are continuing to search a wide area to try and find this vessel with all the assets we have at our disposal.
“We’re also asking other vessels in the area to keep a look out for anything that might also assist the search.”
The search was called off at approximately 23:00 hours last night but is due to resume this morning.
A spokesperson for the RNLI confirmed that the all-weather Shannon class lifeboat and inshore lifeboat from Llandudno were launched around 10:30 am on Thursday and that Holyhead Coastguard requested volunteer crews to search an area off Llanddulas.
The inshore RNLI lifeboat from Conwy was launched at 10:48 am to assist in the search, as well as the Shannon class lifeboat and inshore lifeboat from Rhyl; both of which launched at 11:10 am to assist in the operation.
At around 14:30 hours, an Atlantic 85 from Beaumaris was launched to search around the Puffin Island area, and Hoylake’s all-weather lifeboat was requested to assist in the search at around 17:00 hours.
Featured image credit: RNLI/Rhyl RNL
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