Seven RNLI lifeboats in major multi-agency search off North Wales coast

Lifeboats News Release

A search got underway off the coast of North Wales this morning (Thursday) 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.

Hoylake all-weather lifeboat were requested to assist in the search this afternoon. The Shannon class all-weather lifeboat launched just after 5pm.

There is currently moderate to good visibility on scene.

Notes to editors

  • Attached is a photo taken from Rhyl RNLI's Shannon class lifeboat as the volunteer crew search for the missing vessel. Credit: Rhyl RNLI.
  • Attached are videos of Rhyl RNLI launching the Shannon class lifeboat this morning to assist in the search for the missing fishing vessel.

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Rhyl RNLI volunteers join Llandudno, Conwy and Beaumaris lifeboat crews in the search for an overdue fishing vessel off the North Wales coast.


Seven RNLI lifeboats in major multi-agency search off North Wales coast

RNLI Hoylake

Hoylake lifeboat launches to assist


Rhyl lifeboat searching this evening

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