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Automatic emergency radio signal triggers launch of Alderney RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Alderney RNLI’s relief lifeboat launched just after 8.00am this morning (Thursday 19 May) at the request of Guernsey Coastguard, to join the Channel Islands Air Search plane in a precautionary search following receipt of an emergency radio signal.

The EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) transmission had been intermittent with no positive position. EPIRB transmissions occur, for example, when a life raft hits the water.
The RNLI lifeboat Corinne Whiteley searched between 1 and 1.5 miles off the southwest, south and east of the island. No further transmissions were received, nothing was sighted and the lifeboat was back on station shortly after 9.00am.

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For more information contact Alderney RNLI volunteer press officer, Nigel Soane-Sands, on 07781 101 957 or

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