Sea search for missing man off Wexford coast

By Dan Walsh

A 40-miles sea search from Land’s End to Rosslare involving Irish and Welsh RNLI lifeboats and helicopter services from Waterford and Wales took part in a daylong search for a missing person today.

It’s understood a man may have gone overboard from a Stena Line sailing from Cherbourg to Rosslare Europort this morning.

The Waterford-based Rescue 117 helicopter and RNLI crews from Rosslare Harbour, Kilmore Quay and Dunmore East were involved in the search near Tuskar Rock, off the Wexford coast.

IRISH COAST GUARD HELICOPTER RESCUE 117. (Pic courtesy of Irish Coast Guard).

In a statement issued by RNLI it is confirmed that “Irish and Welsh RNLI lifeboats were involved in search for missing person. Four RNLI lifeboats were launched to assist two HM Coastguard helicopters in a large-scale search for a missing person.

“Rosslare, Kilmore Quay and Dunmore East RNLI all-weather lifeboats from Ireland and St Davids and Angle all-weather lifeboats from Wales took part in the search.

“Rosslare RNLI lifeboat was the first to launch at 10.41am this morning (Monday) after a person was reported missing from a ferry. Kilmore Quay lifeboat was soon requested to launch as well as St Davids and Angle Tamar class all-weather lifeboats from Wales.”

“RNLI lifeboats from Wales have joined the search 40 miles offshore and are conducting search patterns. The sea conditions are reported to be slight to moderate.”

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