RNLI lifeboats search for missing man after empty yacht found drifting

According to a BBC report, the discovery of an empty yacht off Jersey on Christmas Day prompted a major search for a missing man. Roy Deeming's yacht, Desiree, was found drifting off La Corbiere at approximately 12:00 GMT with no-one on board. The yacht has been returned to Elizabeth Harbour.

Police said Mr Deeming has been missing from his home in St Brelade's since late Christmas Eve. He was due to visit friends on Christmas Day but failed to appear.

Two RNLI lifeboats from St Helier, Jersey coastguards and a French naval rescue helicopter from Cherbourg were involved in the search, which had to be abandoned owing to deteriorating weather conditions. The UK has been swept by snowstorms over the past two days.


Police say weather conditions are too dangerous for searches to continue. Searches were called off on Friday and were not restarting on Saturday, Jersey Police said. 

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