French fisherman still missing after 'major' search

Alderney Lifeboat Roy Barker I Image copyright Tony Rive
Image caption Alderney's lifeboat, the Roy Barker I, joined the operation to find the French fisherman

A French fisherman is missing despite a "major search" involving Alderney's lifeboat and a French warship.

The 59-year-old skipper, who has not been named, fell overboard about three miles north-west of Normandy's Cap de la Hague on Wednesday.

His crewman threw a life ring, which was later found by the Alderney lifeboat Roy Barker I eight miles from where the man fell.

The lifeboat was stood down at 17:50 GMT after nothing more was found.

The crewman on board the vessel was taken to Braye Harbour yesterday afternoon.

Alderney harbour master Mark Gaudion said: "With adrenaline, it takes some time for this sort of thing to hit home.

"He had to call family members of the crewman that was lost, so it was a distressing time for him."

The international operation was co-ordinated by the French coastguard.

It also involved a number of French rescue and military vessels and Channel Island Airsearch.

The 10-metre-long catamaran had been sailing from Omonville back to her home port of Portbail when the skipper fell overboard.

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