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Search for missing fisherman suspended overnight

A search and rescue operation to find a 24ft fishing vessel that was reported overdue from Colwyn Bay, Wales was suspended overnight.

The UK Coastguard received a call yesterday morning from a concerned relative reporting that the fishing vessel had not returned the night before as expected.

A major search, involving the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon, RNLI lifeboats from Rhyl and Llandudno, and Coastguard rescue teams also from Rhyl and Llandudno was suspended at 22.30 last night.

The decision to suspend the search hasn’t been an easy one to make. This man is still missing and we appreciate the concern and worry this is causing his family and friends.

We are fearful that the fisherman entered the water last night and after an extensive search we have found a life raft that was drifting off Llanddulas which we have matched to the missing vessel.

– Andy Carroll, UK Coastguard Officer

The search operation will resume later along the shoreline after it was suspended overnight.

Empty life raft found belonging to missing fisherman

Search and rescue services say a life raft drifting off Llanddulas has been matched to a missing fishing boat that left Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night.

UK Coastguard Controller Graham Clark said: “We are fearful that this fisherman may have entered the water overnight. Nevertheless the search is ongoing.”


North Wales coast search for missing fisherman

An extensive search is under way for a fisherman who had been out fishing from Colwyn Bay since Tuesday night in his 24 feet fishing boat.

Credit: RNLI

A concerned relative called the Coastguard Operations Centre this morning to report that the vessel had not returned as expected. He had not been heard from since 23:30 last night.

We are fearful that this fisherman may have entered the water overnight. Nevertheless the search is ongoing.

– UK Coastguard Controller Graham Clark

The RNLI says four lifeboats - two from Rhyl and two from Llandudno - have been at sea for several hours in the search.

The helicopter was scrambled just before mid-day to search the coastline between the Great Orme and Rhyl.

Plans to save Victorian Pier at Colwyn Bay to be revealed

Credit: ITV Wales

Details will be revealed later on the latest plans to save the Victorian Pier at Colwyn Bay. A £9.5 million bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been submitted and a public meeting is being held tonight.

The historic structure is said to have been at risk since the 1970s and is set to be demolished following a decision by Conwy Council back in 2013.

Watch: Council votes to demolish Colwyn Bay's Victorian Pier


Body of a man found at Rhos-on-Sea

A section of the promenade was closed off by police Credit: Ian Lang / ITV News

The body of an 'unknown' man has been recovered from the sea off the North Wales coast.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police said the man was discovered at Rhos-on-Sea at around 11am this morning.

Police were assisted by the coastguard, and a section of the promenade in Colwyn Bay near the area was closed off.

Police say an investigation is underway.

Investigations continue after Colwyn Bay fire

The fire is thought to have gutted the storeroom of a shop on Station Road

An investigation is taking place after a fire in Colwyn Bay last night.

It happened above a shop on Station Road, the main shopping street in the area.

A flat in the building was evacuated, while four appliances were used to put out the blaze, which broke out at 2.43am.

Welsh Mountain Zoo welcomes new arrivals

The twins were born to parents Dudley and Delilah. Credit: Welsh Mountain Zoo

Christmas came early for zoo keepers at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay, with the arrival of two Cotton Top Tamarin monkey babies!

The festively named pair of Holly and Berry were born measuring just 5cm, but should triple in size when fully grown.

Native to a small corner of Colombia, Cotton Top Tamarins are classed as a critically endangered species.

Facing threats from deforestation, there are now as few as 6,000 left in the wild.

The babies weigh just 20 grams. Credit: Welsh Mountain Zoo
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