AFTER four fruitless days, rescuers called off the search for a missing fisherman.
Despite constantly combing the area where the boat sank off Villajoyosa six nautical miles (roughly 11 kilometres) from shore, the launch’s second occupant has not been found.
Not only Salvamento Maritimo boats and an aircraft but also launches and patrol boats belonging to the Red Cross and Guardia Civil as well as a Fire Brigade helicopter were involved in the operation.
The owner was rescued after clinging to the boat’s fridge for an hour and taken to San Juan hospital with symptoms of hypothermia.
At the time he said that his companion “couldn’t resist” and disappeared.
The owner bought the six-metre boat, Sea Mist, from a British man around four years ago and it was “rather old” according to sources at Altea’s Club Nautico where it was usually moored.
The owner does not live in Altea, the same sources continued but went out to fish most days, usually with a friend. It was not known whether this was the person who accompanied him when the boat sank.