Sailor remains missing despite full search of area by sea and air

An unmanned and adrift yacht eight miles north – north west of Alderney sparked a major search.

The

volunteer crew onboard the Alderney RNLI Trent class lifeboat Roy

Barker I set off at 10am on Friday to assist in

the search for a missing person.

The French

yacht was boarded by two crew members of the Alderney lifeboat, who

searched the vessel and confirmed the yacht to be unmanned.

The vessel

was then sailed to Braye Harbour in Alderney.

A full search of the area was carried out by the Alderney lifeboat, a

French Lifeboat, Channel Island Air Search and a French air craft. The

Roy Barker I continued to search the area until they were

stood down at 5.33pm by CROSSMA, the French Coastguard station who

co-ordinated the incident.

The whereabouts of the person is still

unknown.

A spokesperson for the Alderney Harbour Office said:‘Guernsey police have now released the vessel to the French authorises for investigation.’