Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Two bodies found in anglers search

Two bodies have been found in the hunt for anglers missing off the Isle of Man

Search teams looking for two missing anglers have recovered two bodies from the sea.

The men, aged in their 60s and from the Isle of Man, failed to return from a fishing trip on Friday afternoon.

Their upturned dinghy was discovered five miles off the coast of the Isle of Man at 6.20am on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: "Liverpool MRCC (Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre) has called off the search for two missing anglers off the Isle of Man coast after two bodies were recovered from the sea to the north of the island this afternoon."

Liverpool MRCC co-ordinated an air and sea search covering more than 360 square miles of sea, involving RNLI lifeboats from Ramsey, Peel, Portpatrick and Port Erin, with rescue helicopters from RAF Valley and RNAS Prestwick.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's fixed-wing aircraft was also involved in the search as well as vessels in the area which responded to the Coastguard broadcast.

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