Emergency services respond to reports of plane crash off Anglesey

25 November 2019, 15:11

A coastguard helicopter searches for the plane off the coast of Anglesey
A coastguard helicopter searches for the plane off the coast of Anglesey. Picture: @NWPAnglesey

By Asher McShane

Emergency services are responding to reports of a plane crash off the coast of Wales.

The coastguard and RNLI are searching an area around Puffin Island off the east coast of Anglesey.

A coastguard spokesman said: “We are currently co-ordinating an incident near Puffin Island."

North Wales Police said they received calls at 12.59pm to reports of a possible crash.

The incident is believed to involve a light aircraft.

The local police force posted on Twitter: "Multi agency operation underway at sea off Anglesey coast following report of incident involving light aircraft."

Police are assisting the coastguard with the search, which includes a helicopter and RNLI lifeboats, but it is not yet known how many people were on board the plane.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: "HM Coastguard is currently co-ordinating a search and rescue in the Puffin Island area of North Wales following a report at 12.47pm today that an aircraft had disappeared from radar contact.

"The search and rescue helicopter from Caernarfon has been sent as well as Coastguard rescue teams from Penmon and Bangor and a senior Coastguard operations officer.

"The RNLI lifeboats from Beaumaris, Moelfre and Llandudno and North Wales Police have been sent.

"It has not been confirmed how many people were on board the aircraft.

"The incident is ongoing and we have no further information at this time."

A spokesman for North Wales Police said: "We received a call at 12.59pm today reporting a possible crash involving a light aircraft in the Penmon area.

"Officers are currently assisting HM Coastguard and our inquiries are ongoing."

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said in a statement: "The AAIB has sent a team to investigate an accident involving a light aircraft that occurred near Beaumaris, Gwynedd, Wales."