Heartbroken partner of missing fisherman lost at sea pleads for his safe return

The heartbroken partner of a missing fisherman has put out a desperate plea for his safe return home.

Carl McGrath, 34, is one of three men who went out to sea off the North Wales coast on Wednesday and they have not been seen since.

An 11-hour air and sea search to find the men, involving seven RNLI lifeboat teams, HM Coastguard, North Wales Police, helicopter and aeroplane cover was suspended last night and is expected to resume today.

Their boat, the Nicola Faith, was due back in port at around midnight on Wednesday after leaving off the coast of Conwy at about 10am.

Now, Carl’s partner Amy Lamb is urging anyone who can help those leading the search to get in touch.

Speaking to the Conwy Nub News website, she said: “I’m ridiculously anxious like you don’t understand.

“I don’t think anybody understands until they are put into that situation. I’m heartbroken if I’m honest. I just want him to come back.

“He usually goes out between Rhos and Conwy. He’s been doing the job for about four years now. So he is very handy. He knows exactly what he’s doing, and he’s absolutely fantastic at his job. He is probably one of the best fishermen in Conwy.”

She said that Carl was originally a builder and he built the boat himself before becoming a fisherman.

An HM coastguard spokesman has confirmed the search for the missing men would resume this morning.

The coastguard began co-ordinating a major search at around 10am on Thursday, which continued until about 9pm.

It involved Rhyl, Bangor and Llandudno coastguard rescue teams, along with RNLI lifeboats from Rhyl, Llandudno, Conwy, Beaumaris and Hoylake.

The search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon, and the fixed-wing coastguard aircraft were also called out to assist.

Police were also involved and broadcasts were made to alert vessels in the nearby area.

They carried out widespread searches of the Irish Sea but nothing was discovered.