Major search for missing ferry crewman

A big search operation is continuing for a ferry crewman reported missing in the Irish Sea.

The alarm was raised on Monday night (5th October) following an Irish Ferries crossing from Dublin to Holyhead – it’s believed the crewman was last seen between 3.30pm and 4pm.

Four lifeboat crews from Holyhead, Moelfre and Porthdinllaen were called out along with the Irish Coastguard rescue helicopter and a fixed wing plane from HM Coastguard.

No one was found despite a wide scale search covering over 1,000 square nautical miles. Police also carried out port and vessel searches.

The search and rescue helicopter from Caernarfon joined another search of the area on Tuesday, along with the RNLI all-weather lifeboat from Holyhead and the Coastguard’s fixed wing aircraft.

Irish Ferries has declined comment, stating the incident was a ‘police matter’.

A spokesperson for the RNLI said volunteers from the Holyhead inshore and all-weather lifeboats were called out at around 10.50pm on Monday night, followed less than half a hour later by the Moelfre vessel Kiwi.

The Tamar class lifeboat from Porthdinllaen, John D Spicer, was launched at just after 11pm, focusing its efforts on a 70-mile area to the west of South Stack.

All four lifeboats returned to their bases during the early hours of Tuesday.

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