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Search under way after fishing boat sinks off Pembrokeshire

Published 28/04/2016

Undated handout photo issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of a Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopter, four of the helicopters operating in Scotland have been grounded due to safety fears, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said today.
Undated handout photo issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of a Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopter, four of the helicopters operating in Scotland have been grounded due to safety fears, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said today.

An intensive search is under way for two fishermen reportedly missing after a boat sank off the coast of Pembrokeshire.

Members of the public dialled 999 at around 2pm today after spotting the stricken vessel near St David's Head.

Coastguard teams, the rescue helicopter and lifeboat services are carrying out a search of the area.

Two crew on board the fishing boat are still missing, according to the RNLI.

A spokesman for St David's Head Lifeboat Station said: "We've got three boats out searching, there are cliff teams out walking and the coastguard rescue helicopter.

"The fishing vessel hit rocks off Abereiddi beach, members of the public spotted this boat had hit the rocks.

"Our all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat were deployed to the scene.

"In the meantime this vessel has sunk, it was approximately a mile offshore, there were two persons on board."

He added: "There's an intensive search ongoing now. Debris has been found on the surface.

"In that area where there are rocks under the surface, they wouldn't have been fishing, so we are not sure what there were doing there.

"We're trying to plot the tides to try and see where they could have got washed into a cove or washed to shore."

Dyfed Powys Police said the families of the two missing men are being supported by officers and have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information can call 101, quoting incident 188 of April 28.

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