British coast guard calls off search for lost fisherman from Latvia

The British coast guard has called off a search for a man of Latvian origin who was reported lost at sea June 14 near the southwest coast of the United Kingdom.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency received a distress call at 8:21 a.m. June 14 from the FV About Time, a fishing boat operating out of Milford Haven, according to an agency spokesman.

“There was three crew onboard and they had finished fishing and were heading back to Milford,” the spokesman said in a statement posted on the coast guard’s website. “One of the crewmen was determined to be missing one hour after being last seen by the other two crew.”

Rescue teams in lifeboats and a helicopter, plus 14 other vessels, assisted in the search. The search ended in the afternoon.

“An extensive search has been undertaken by many vessels in the hope of finding this missing fisherman,” said Watch Commander Nigel Yelland of the Milford Haven coast guard office. “Unfortunately, he was not wearing a lifejacket, which could have aided in his survivability in this incident.”

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