Isle of Man seas searched for missing fishermen

Coast near Blue Point on Isle of Man The men were on a fishing trip off Blue Point when they went missing

Searches are under way off the coast of the Isle of Man for two fishermen after a capsized dinghy was found.

The men, both in their late 60s, were reported missing after failing to return home from a fishing trip off Blue Point, north of Ramsey, on Friday.

Lifeboats from Ramsey, Peel and Port Patrick found the upturned flat-bottomed boat at about 06:00 BST.

The search, being led by the Liverpool Coastguard, is continuing along the west coast of the island.

An Isle of Man Police spokesman said the missing men, who are both white with grey hair, had not been seen or heard from since Friday afternoon.

"We are appealing to local fishermen and members of the public out on pleasure craft or using the beaches in the area to be vigilant and report any concerns or potential sightings to Liverpool Coastguard," he said.

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said rescue helicopters from RAF Valley and RNAS Prestwick had also been involved with the search, which has covered about 360 sq miles (930 sq km) of sea.

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