Air-filled waders keep fisherman afloat 19 hours

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A man whose boat overturned during a fishing trip was rescued after spending more than 19 hours in the water - using his air-filled waders to help him float. But his son, who was with him on the boat, was yesterday still missing.

John Brodie, 43, of Rossendale, Lancashire, was picked up by the Royal Air Force Valley rescue helicopter one and a half miles off Llandudno, North Wales, after being was spotted by a member of the public who notified the coastguard at Holyhead and Llandudno. Mr Brodie, who was fishing with his son, Charles, 23, said their cabin cruiser, Chaz's Dream, overturned on Sunday afternoon. He had spent more than 19 hours in the water.

Rescue teams were last night intensifying the search for his son, concentrating on the area off Little Orme's Head, up to five and a half miles offshore and up to the coastline. Jim Paton, District Controller at Holyhead Coastguard, said: "We are delighted to have found the father. He is a remarkably lucky man. The search will now continue for his son."