NI coastguard crews involved in search for missing boat

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Northern Ireland coastguard crews are involved large-scale sea search for a speedboat missing off the south-west of Scotland.

Lifeboats from Portaferry, Bangor and Donaghadee have been given designated areas to search.

The coastguard was alerted on Saturday when the boat was reported overdue from Port Logan, Dumfries and Galloway, at around 6.15pm.

Two helicopters and lifeboats searched the water overnight, following the boat’s known and projected movements, but no trace has been found.

It is not known how many people were on the speedboat.

A Coastguard spokeswoman said: “Portpatrick, Stranraer, Ballantrae, Isle of Whithorn and Bangor Coastguard rescue teams were involved, along with lifeboats from Port William, Stranraer, Donaghadee, Ramsey and Peel.

“Two HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopters from Prestwick and Caernarfon, along with Police Scotland, have also been involved.

“The extensive search covering a carefully planned area based on the vessel’s known and projected movements continued through the night but nothing has been found.

“Resources have returned to station to refuel and swap crews, and the search has recommenced today.”