Search continues for 90-year-old sailor missing off the coast of Wales

Jen Offord
Arthur Ray Taylor

A 90-year-old man has sparked concerns for his safety after a dinghy he took out off the coast of Wales was found empty on Saturday (16 April). Following the discovery, an air and sea search was launched for Arthur Ray Taylor, known as Archie.

Taylor's dinghy was found empty off the coast of Ceredigion after he took it out with local Gwbert boat club on Saturday. He was last seen at 9.30am on Saturday morning.

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The Milford Haven Coastguard and RNLI were informed that Taylor's dinghy had been found without him, and an air and sea search operation was subsequently launched.

A coastguard spokesman confirmed to Sky News: "At 5.15pm on Saturday the Coastguard was contacted about an overdue dinghy sailor, aged 90 years old, who had not returned after a trip out on the water during the day and his small boat was found in Cardigan without anyone on board.

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"The Coastguard rescue helicopter from Caernarfon, Cardigan, Gwbert and Moylegrove Coastguard Rescue Teams and RNLI lifeboats from Cardigan and Fishguard were all involved in the search along with Dfyd-Powys Police."

The search for Taylor was suspended on Saturday evening but resumed on Sunday morning.

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Taylor is described as around 5ft 4ins tall, and was apparently wearing a Navy jumper and a dark grey waterproof jacket.

Authorities have asked that anyone who has seen Taylor or has information about his disappearance contact the police on 101, quoting incident reference 251 of 15 April.

Two years ago an 11-year-old was pronounced dead in South West Wales after he was swept away by the River Towy. Cameron Comey's body was never found after falling into the river while playing with his brother. Sometime after Comey's disappearance, the chief coroner was given permission to proceed with an inquest in Milford Haven despite the absence of a body.

Earlier this month, the local RNLI issued a warning to those visiting the beach over the Easter weekend as it was announced the Cardigan Lifeboat was launched 35 times in 2016.

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