Conwy’s harbour master wants a quayside memorial for lost vessels and crew in the wake of the deaths of three men aboard the Nicola Faith.

The fishing boat’s crew,  Ross Ballantine, 39, Alan Minard, 20, and skipper Carl McGrath, 34, perished after the craft went missing in January this year.

A fundraising drive was launched to pay for extended searches for the vessel and crew.

The bodies of the three men were discovered at three different coastal locations in England and the vessel was located largely intact off Colwyn Bay last month.

Minutes from the last Harbour Advisory Committee, which were added to Conwy county council’s cabinet agenda this week, revealed how harbour staff had helped investigations into the tragedy.

They also revealed the results of the probe by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) would be summarised and relayed to members of the committee in “due course”.

They added “it was hoped that a memorial, possibly funded by Conwy town council, could be placed on the quay to commemorate lost vessels and crew”.

Thanks were also extended to the harbour master and team for their

“hard work and assistance in the search”.

Mourners lined the streets of Llandudno on April 16 to say a last farewell to crewman Ross Ballantine, including an emotional guard of honour from the town’s lifeboat volunteers who had tried to find the men.

Mr Minard’s funeral was conducted in Penmaenmawr the day before Mr Ballantine, while more than 100 people paid their last respects to skipper Carl McGrath in Conwy the week before.

At the time of the Nicola Faith’s discovery Andrew Moll, chief inspector of marine accidents for MAIB, said:  “After all the evidence has been reviewed, including video footage taken by the dive team, MAIB will make a decision on next steps.

“I understand how desperate the families of the crew are for answers, and now the vessel has been found our investigation can focus on establishing why  Nicola Faith sank.

“A large amount of evidence has already been collected and analysed, and a close look at the results of (our) dive survey should increase our understanding of the accident.”