Police confirm the identity of the late Ross Ballantine from the missing Nicola Faith
A second member of the crew from the missing fishing vessel Nicola Faith has formally been identified who had been missing since 27 January last.
The body of father-of-two, Ross Ballantine (39) was found on a beach on the Wirral. Mr Ballantine was one of three fishermen from Conwy who went missing after the disappearance of the boat he was fishing on.
North Wales Police confirmed a body found at West Kirby on 12 March was that of the late Mr Ballantine, a father of two young boys.
The news comes a day after a body found on a Blackpool beach was identified as skipper Carl McGrath. Third crew member Alan Minard, 20, is still classified as missing.
Mr Ballantine’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
A police statement said his family would like to thank the local community and businesses for their “tremendous” support and donations.
A private search looking for the men and their boat was suspended yesterday, Tuesday afternoon due to the onset of poor weather conditions.
A major search operation was launched when the Nicola Faith did not return to Conwy but was called off two days “pending further information”.
At the start of March, the Nicola Faith’s liferaft was found off the coast of Kirkcudbrightshire in Scotland by the Coastguard.
The bodies of three men were then found last week off the north-west coast of England. Family members were informed and postmorterms have taken place on the three.
The North Wales Police statement on the identification of the late Mr Ballantine read:
“We can confirm that the body found at West Kirby on Friday 12th March is that of Ross Ballantine, who went missing along with 2 others on the Conwy Fishing boat ‘Nicola Faith’ in January.
The family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
The family would like to thank the local community and businesses for their tremendous support and donations.
The thoughts of everyone at North Wales Police remains with the families and friends of the three fishermen.”