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Search for missing Ioan Jones in Med called off

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The search for a crew member from Brecon missing from his vessel in the Mediterranean Sea has been called off.

A search and rescue operation to find Ioan Jones, 28, began following his disappearance early on Thursday.

Mr Jones was working on board a privately-owned tanker which was sailing through waters approximately 340 miles (547km) south of Malta.

A spokeswoman for Shell, which manages the tanker, confirmed the search had been unsuccessful.

She said: "It is with regret that we can confirm that the search and rescue efforts for a seafarer reported missing early in the morning 15 May from the LNG carrier Lijmiliya have been unsuccessful.

'Difficult time'

"The extensive search and rescue operation has been called off by maritime authorities.

"The seafarer's next of kin have been informed. Our thoughts are with the seafarer's family and friends during this difficult time.

"Shell is cooperating fully with the authorities and other interested parties as part of a full investigation."

The spokeswoman added Mr Jones was not one of their employees and the tanker was privately owned, but managed by Shell.

Malta Search and Rescue had been co-ordinating the search for Mr Jones.

Dyfed-Powys Police had said earlier the force had been made aware of concerns over his safety and wellbeing, and that Mr Jones was believed to have gone overboard in the early hours of Thursday.

A family liaison officer is supporting the family.

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