Huge search launched for three people aboard missing fishing boat

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A huge search operation has been launched for a missing fishing boat with three people aboard.

The boat was due back at midnight on Wednesday and failed to return, forcing the major search.

However, after a whole day the search has been suspended for the night as of 9:30pm, Thursday evening.

It has been confirmed that the search and rescue operation off the coast of North Wales would be halted until Friday morning, said the coastguard, reports NorthWalesLive.

The coastguard and RNLI crews are looking for the trio of men following a request from Holyhead Coastguard after the boat failed to return to dock.

The coastguard began co-ordinating a major search at around 10am on Thursday, which continued through to around 9pm.

It involved Rhyl, Bangor and Llandudno coastguard rescue teams, along with RNLI lifeboats from Rhyl, Llandudno, Conwy, Beaumaris and Hoylake.

The search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon, and the fixed-wing coastguard aircraft were also called out to assist.

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Police were also involved and broadcasts were made to alert vessels in the nearby area.

They carried out widespread searches of the Irish Sea but nothing was discovered.

RNLI said 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.”

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