Body found on Blackpool beach identified as missing fisherman Carl McGrath

The body of a man who was found on the beach in Blackpool has been formally identified as Carl McGrath, police confirmed.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 2:44 pm

Carl McGrath, 34, Ross Ballantine 39, and Alan Minard, 20, were onboard the 'Nicola Faith' when it left Conwy, North Wales, on January 27.

A major search was launched when the boat failed to return but was stood down two days after their disappearance when nothing was found.

On Monday, March 15, North Wales Police said they were aware the bodies of three men had been recovered from the coastline off Wirral and Blackpool over the weekend.

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The force has now confirmed the body found in Blackpool is that of Mr McGrath.

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"Sadly we can confirm that the body found on the beach at Blackpool on March 13th is that of Carl McGrath, who went missing with two others, on the Conwy fishing boat 'Nicola Faith' on January 27," a spokesman said.

"The family would like to thank all members of the community for their help and support, but ask that their privacy is respected at this time.

The body of a man who was found on the beach in Blackpool has been formally identified.

"Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of all three fishermen."

The identities of the other two bodies discovered in Wirral has not yet been disclosed.

Nearly £80,000 has been raised on a JustGiving page set up by the families of the missing men to pay for a private search, led by deep water recovery expert David Mearns.

Earlier this month, the Marine Accident and Investigation Branch (MAIB) said the boat’s life raft had been found off the coast of Kirkcudbrightshire in Scotland by the Coastguard.

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