Fethard RNLI launched in search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Fethard RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat this afternoon (Wednesday 20 April) following concerns that a person may have been missing on the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford.

A false alarm was raised with good intent when a man did not return from a walk at Hook Head at the expected time.
The volunteer lifeboat crew responded quickly to a launch request by the Irish Coast Guard following a report of the possible missing person on the Hook Peninsula at 4.30pm.

The D class lifeboat, Tradewinds, helmed by John Colfer together with three volunteer lifeboat crew launched at Slade Harbour within minutes following the pager alert, assisted by five shore crew who began a shoreline search. 

At 5.15pm the search was stood down with the notification that the man was found safe and well.

Speaking following the call out, Hugh Burke, Fethard RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘We would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm today when they were concerned. We would always rather launch to a false alarm with good intent than not launch at all. Our volunteers responded quickly this afternoon to aid in the search at sea and on the shore but we were stood down quickly on hearing the good news that the man was not missing but overdue and had been located safe and well.’


Note to Editor
Fethard RNLI is always looking for new volunteers from all walks of life to join their lifesaving team. If you are aged 17 or over and would like to find out more please contact the lifeboat station or make a visit during its May Bank holiday open weekend.

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