Dead fisherman’s body found washed up on beach two months after boat disappeared

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A body discovered on a beach has been confirmed as being one of three missing fishermen.

Carl McGrath, 34, went missing after heading out to sea from Conwy, North Wales in January on the Nicola Faith fishing boat.

His body was found on a beach in Blackpool on March 13, NorthWalesLive reports.

He vanished alongside Ross Ballantine, 39, and 20-year-old Alan Minard.

A major search was launched to find the three men.

North Wales Police confirmed on Monday the body recovered was Mr McGrath's.

His family is being supported and thanked people for their help.

The force confirmed in a statement on social media the body had been identified.

Police said: "Sadly we can confirm that the body found on the beach at Blackpool on Saturday 13th March is that of Carl McGrath, who went missing, along with two others, on the Conwy fishing boat 'Nicola Faith' on January 27th.

"The family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

"The family would like to thank all members of the community for their help and support, but ask that their privacy is respected at this time.

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"Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of all three fishermen."

The bodies of two other people were also discovered earlier this month.

The families of the missing men are being kept informed of developments.

No formal identification of the other two bodies discovered has yet been confirmed by the authorities.

The search for the missing fishing vessel is also continuing.

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Expert David Mearns, who helped the recovery of the plane carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala after it crashed in 2019, became involved in the search after a crowdfunding campaign.

On Saturday, he said he had started to scour the seabed with sophisticated sonar equipment to locate the boat.

He added: "The data we collected this morning was excellent and ruled out two sightings that many people had on their mind, including the possible sighting of diesel fuel west of the pier off Pentrwyn point."

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is also carrying out an investigation, and has been involved in searches off the coast of North Wales.

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