Search launched for missing 90-year-old sailor


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Searches for a missing 90-year-old sailor whose empty dinghy was found adrift off the Welsh coast have not revealed anything further, coastguards say.

Arthur Ray Taylor, known as Archie, was last seen at 9.30am on Saturday, when he left his accommodation to take his dinghy out from Gwbert boat club, Ceredigion.

Milford Haven Coastguard and the RNLI launched a large air and sea search after they were alerted that he had not returned that evening.

Arthur Ray Taylor

Arthur Ray Taylor

Arthur Ray Taylor

A Coastguard spokesman said: “The follow on search this morning at Cardigan for a missing dinghy sailor has now ended with nothing further found.

“Coastguard rescue teams only will be making a shore line search this evening at low water at 6pm.”

The coastguard was contacted at 5.15pm about Mr Taylor, who had not returned home after a trip on the water during the day.

His small boat was found in Cardigan without anyone on board.

The coastguard rescue helicopter from Caernarfon attended, along with rescue teams from Caernarfon, Cardigan, Gwbert and Moylegrove.

RNLI lifeboats from Cardigan and Fishguard were also involved, as well as Dyfed-Powys Police.

A police spokesman said: “Mr Taylor is 5ft 4inches, of slim build and has grey hair.

“He was wearing a navy jumper and dark grey waterproof jacket. Mr Taylor’s boat has been located, but Mr Taylor is still unaccounted for.

“Police are coordinating a search of the area working with Coastguard and RNLI.”

Sightings or information can be reported to police by dialling 101 and quoting incident reference 251 of April 15.

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