Fishing boat and three crew missing of south coast of England Published: 18 May, 2012
RNLI lifeboats have been searching this morning, Friday May 18, for a missing fishing boat and its three-man crew off the coast of Dorset.
The fishing boat, the Purbeck Isle, which is from Weymouth, was reported missing around 6pm on Thursday May 18 after it failed to return to port at its expected time.
Weymouth all weather lifeboat, the Ernest and Mabel, launched at 7:15pm to join the search, along with HM Coastguard Helicopters and the Royal Navy Warship, the HMS York.
The Lyme Regis inshore lifeboat, the Spirit of Loch Fyne, launched just after 11pm to carry out an additional shoreline search of the coast to the west of Weymouth, along Chesil Beach, towards Bridport.
The boats returned to station at around 3am. The search resumed at 5:30am and the Weymouth lifeboat went out again.