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Search for 'missing boat' called off

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A SEARCH operation was launched yesterday following concerns that a boat may have vanished after leaving Jersey overnight.

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A transit report was made to Jersey Coastguard on Wednesday night, stating that a vessel was due to leave the Island bound for Guernsey at 11pm, arriving at 12.30am. It is not known whether the boat even exists and, if it does, if it left Jersey. But it did not arrive in Guernsey.

A ‘pan-pan’ call [made when there is a developing problem that does not pose an immediate threat to life] was made to Guernsey Coastguard at 4am – but it was not known if it was connected to the vessel which apparently left Jersey.

The Channel Islands Air Search plane spent hours scouring the sea around Jersey and Guernsey yesterday but found no trace of any boat. No one was reported missing in either island. Jersey Coastguard also issued an appeal for information on a boat called either Delta Buoy or Delta Boy.

The search was called off just after 3pm, but Ports of Jersey said the incident would remain open pending any further information.

In a statement, they said: ‘A range of inquiries have been undertaken, including broadcast action, information searches, checks of St Aubin and St Peter Port harbours as well as along Jersey’s west coast. No further information relating to the vessel has been received.

‘Survivability criteria has been taken into consideration, including the current sea temperature and prevailing weather condition.’

Richard Heath

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