Major search for missing fishing boat with three people on board

A search has been launched for a fishing boat missing off the coast of north Wales with three people board.

The Coastguard and RNLI crews are involved in the search off the coast of Rhyl for the boat, which was due back at midnight but had failed to return.

They are looking for the trio following a request from Holyhead Coastguard after the boat failed to return to dock.

RNLI crews from Rhyl, Conwy, Hoylake and Llandudno, and aircraft are involved in the search.

Two fixed-wing aircraft operated by HM Coastguards and a helicopter are scouring the waters off the coastline for the fishing boat and its occupants.

An RNLI spokesperson said in a statement: “At just after 10am today (28th January), HM Coastguard received a report of an overdue fishing vessel with three people on-board.

“The vessel had departed from Conwy, on the north coast of Wales, yesterday (27th January). The vessel was expected back in port at midnight last night.

“HM Coastguard is currently coordinating an ongoing search and rescue response to locate the vessel.

“Rhyl, Bangor and Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Teams have been sent to assist along with five RNLI lifeboats from Rhyl, Llandudno and Conwy.

“The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Caernarfon is also on scene assisting with searches.

“A fixed-wing Coastguard aircraft from Doncaster is also proceeding to the scene. Broadcasts have been made to alert vessels in the nearby area.”

RNLI added as the operation continued this afternoon: “A search got underway off the coast of North Wales this morning following concerns for an overdue fishing vessel with three people onboard.

“The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat and inshore lifeboat from Llandudno were launched around 10:30am this morning. Volunteer crews were requested by Holyhead Coastguard to search an area off Llanddulas.

“The inshore RNLI lifeboat from Conwy was launched at 10:48am to assist in the search.

“The Shannon class lifeboat and inshore lifeboat from Rhyl launched at 11:10am to assist in the search, which also includes a Coastguard Rescue Helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft.

“This afternoon at 2:30pm, an Atlantic 85 from Beaumaris was launched to search around the Puffin Island area.

“There is currently moderate to good visibility on scene.”