Hoylake RNLI involved in multi-agency search for missing fishing boat off North Wales Coast

Volunteer lifeboat crews from Hoylake, Llandudno, Rhyl, and Conwy were launched this morning to help search for the missing fishing vessel and its crew.

Hoylake RNLI volunteers launched their Shannon class all-weather lifeboat shortly after 8:50am and Conwy volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 9:07am.

The search is coordinated by HM Coastguard.

The alarm was first raised yesterday morning for the missing vessel.

Yesterday, seven RNLI lifeboats joined the multi-agency search, with some lifeboat out for nearly 12 hours at sea. Llandudno, Rhyl, Conwy, Beaumaris and Hoylake RNLI volunteers joined volunteer Coastguard teams and other emergency services in the search which lasted until 10pm last night.

Searches for three fishermen missing off the Conwy coast have now been stood down, pending further information.

Her Majesty’s Coastguard has been co-ordinating the search to find them since they were reported missing just after 10am yesterday.

The coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon and fixed-wing coastguard aircraft, have all been involved in an extensive search, along with North Wales Police.

Boats in the nearby area have also been keeping a look out for the missing vessel.

Duty Controller for HM Coastguard Rob Priestley said, “We have carried out highly-concentrated and thorough searches of wide areas off the north coast of Wales to locate this vessel – using all available resources – but, sadly, nothing has been found so far. Our thoughts are with the family and friends and the wider community at this difficult time.

“We would like to thank all of the teams and crews who have been involved with and participated in this large scale search effort since Thursday, as well as those vessels in the area and local community at large who have helped to provide as much information as possible to aid the search efforts.”

Image credit: RNLI/Hoylake

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