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Three RNLI lifeboat stations involved in search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI lifeboats from three west Wales stations were involved in a search for a man believed to have been swept off rocks at Mwnt, near Cardigan, yesterday afternoon (Sunday 7 August).

Cardigan RNLI lifeboat volunteers were requested to launch by HM Coastguard at 2.03pm. Both the station’s Atlantic 85 and D-class inshore lifeboats were already afloat for the station’s open day so immediately diverted and were able to be on the scene in Mwnt minutes later.

New Quay RNLI’s crew were also requested to launch the station’s all-weather lifeboat and later Fishguard RNLI also launched.

The lifeboats carried out extensive searches in the waters off Mwnt while the Coastguard Rescue helicopter from St Athan and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Gwbert, Cardigan and Moylegrove also searched from the air and on the shoreline.

After six hours of searching in Force 7 winds and choppy seas the sea search was stood down by HM Coastguard and the RNLI lifeboats from all three stations were released to return to station, where they will be made ready to re-launch if requested by HM Coastguard.​

At 6.05am this morning HM Coastguard requested the re-launch of Cardigan RNLI's Atlantic 85 lifeboat. The volunteer lifeboat crew searched the waters of Mwnt but were stood down at 11:15am and returned to station.

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For more information please telephone Tracy Newman Cardigan RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07805 246975  ​or Chris Cousens, RNLI Duty Press Officer, on 07748 265496

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