The wreck found last week has been identified as the missing Nicola Faith. Photo: MAIB

The wreck found last week has been identified as the missing fishing vessel Nicola Faith. Photo: MAIB

The wreck discovered by the MAIB off Colwyn Bay, Wales, last week is confirmed as being that of the missing fishing vessel Nicola Faith.

Today, MAIB inspectors attended the site of the wreck,1.9 nautical miles off Rhos Point, to identify the vessel. They were assisted by North Wales Police Underwater Search Team who undertook a comprehensive survey on behalf of the MAIB. As well as identifying the vessel, the survey gathered video evidence and information that will help inform our investigation and assist in understanding the reasons the vessel sank.

After all the evidence has been reviewed, including imagery from the dive team, a decision will be made regarding the next steps to be taken as part of the ongoing investigation.

Andrew Moll, Chief Inspector of Marine Accident said:

“I understand how desperate the families of the crew are for answers, and now that the vessel has been found our investigation can focus on establishing why Nicola Faith sank. A large amount of evidence has already been collected and analysed, and a close look at the results of today’s dive survey should increase our understanding of the accident. Until this has been completed it not possible to say whether it will be necessary to recover the wreck for further testing.

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“I would to thank North Wales Police for offering their assistance in identifying the vessel and also Seecat Charters, Natural Resource Wales and Welsh Fisheries who have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.”

Earlier today, wreck hunter David Mearns had undertaken a sonar examination of the wreck before police divers took to the water to confirm the identity of the missing boat.

A sonar image of the Nicola Faith wreck. Photo: David Mearns OAM

A sonar image of the Nicola Faith wreck. Photo: David Mearns OAM

Images has shown the vessel lying on the bottom at a 30-degree angle to the portside. It had shown that the vessel was largely intact with no damage showing on the exposed starboard hull.

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Missing fishing vessel discovered off Colwyn Bay identified as Nicola Faith

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