Three missing off Welsh coast as fishing boat fails to return to shore

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A search is under way for a missing fishing boat with three people on board off the coast of North Wales.

The coastguard has been in control of the search since around 10am on Thursday after the vessel did not return.

Teams from HM Coastguard have been dispatched from Rhyl, Bangor and Llandudno, and RNLI lifeboats from Rhyl, Llandudno, Conwy and Beaumaris are also involved in the operation.

An HM Coastguard helicopter has been sent from Caernarfon, and a fixed-wing coastguard aircraft has also been seen in the area.

North Wales Police has also been a part of the search and rescue operation.

Broadcasts have been sent to other watercraft in the area to put them on the alert for the missing vessel.

Duty controller for HM Coastguard Rob Priestley said: "We are continuing to search a wide area to try and find this vessel with all the assets we have at our disposal.

"We're also asking other vessels in the area to keep a lookout for anything that might assist the search."