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Search for missing sailors called off

Five men remain missing in the Irish Sea following the sinking of their cargo vessel on Sunday. The Welsh coastguard has said there is little hope of them being found alive.

A Westland Sea King search and rescue helicopter sits on the ground at RAF Valley during an operation to rescue survivors from a ship which sank after being hit by an enormous wave in the Irish Sea.
A Westland Sea King search and rescue helicopter sits on the ground at RAF Valley during an operation to rescue survivors from a ship which sank after being hit by an enormous wave in the Irish Sea.
Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE SEARCH FOR five missing sailors off the Welsh coast has been called off by the British Coastguard.

The missing men were part of an eight-strong Russian crew whose cargo vessel sank in gale-force winds on Sunday.

Two crew members were successfully rescued by the RAF on Sunday. The body of a third man was later recovered by the Irish Coastguard’s Waterford-based helicopter.

Routine searches are now taking place off Holyhead, however officials have said it is unlikely that any of the missing men will be found alive, reports RTÉ.

The survivors of the tragedy told rescuers that the ship, the MV Swanland, was split in two by an enormous wave that hit as the crew were struggling with adverse weather conditions in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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