Search for missing fisherman off North Devon coast

Joseph Bulmer

Rescue services scour the sea off Hartland after man falls from Belgian fishing trawler.

A major air and sea search took place off the North Devon coast on Saturday night in search of a missing a fisherman.

Appledore and Padstow lifeboats were joined by other vessels plus the search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor after the man was reported overboard from a Belgian fishing trawler around 12 miles off Hartland Point.

Appledore’s all weather lifeboat the Mollie Hunt launched at 6.20pm and conditions worsened through the evening as the two lifeboats followed a co-ordinated search pattern in an attempt to find the missing man.

After more than three hours at sea searching both RNLI lifeboat crews were stood down with no-one having been found.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard said the search was stood down at around 10pm. The Belgian fishing vessel had sailed from Milford Haven in South Wales.