RNLI lifeboats from Holyhead, Porthdinllaen and Moelfre were launched last night to assist in the search for a man reported missing from a ferry. The major search also involved the UK and Irish Coastguard.

The volunteer RNLI crew from Holyhead were paged at 10.50pm to reports of a missing person from the ferry on passage from Dublin to Holyhead.

Holyhead’s Severn-class all-weather lifeboat Christopher Pearce and inshore D-class Mary and Archie Hooper were launched, to assist in a 1,000 square mile search of the Irish Sea and local harbour and coastline.

Porthdinllaen’s Tamar class lifeboat John D Spicer launched just after 11pm and the volunteer crew searched an area 70 miles to the west of South Stack. The sea state was slight to moderate.

Moelfre’s Tamar class lifeboat Kiwi was launched just before 11.15pm also assisted in the search. After several hours of searching, assisted by the Irish Coastguard helicopter and the UK Coastguard’s fixed wing aircraft, the RNLI lifeboats returned to their respective berths.

Holyhead’s inshore lifeboat was back at station at 1.30am, the all-weather lifeboat returned to her berth at the inner port of Holyhead at 3.30am. Porthdinllaen’s all-weather lifeboat returned to the slipway by 4.30am, with Moelfre returning by 5.20am.

RNLI shore crew Richard Thompson

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