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Five RNLI lifeboats search for missing ferry crewman

Lifeboats News Release

A major rescue operation, involving five RNLI lifeboats, a police vessel and a Coastguard rescue helicopter, was launched on Thursday evening (May 26), after a crew member was reported missing from an Irish Sea ferry.

Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 5pm to search for the crewman, who was last seen on board the Irish Ferries’ Rosslare-Pembroke Dock ship, two miles to the east of Grassholm Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast.

The area between Linney Head and Grassholm Island was searched extensively, assisted by St David’s RNLI’s Tamar and Tyne class all weather lifeboats, the Little and Broad Haven RNLI inshore lifeboat, Dyed-Powys Police vessel Mike 66 and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 from St Athan.

Angle RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was also launched, at 7.15pm, to assist and searched the Milford Haven Waterway.

The search was co-ordinated by Milford Haven Coastguard.

With no reported sightings, and with fading light, the search was called off shortly before 10pm.

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