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Whitby RNLI in search for missing male

Lifeboats News Release

Both Whitby RNLI Lifeboats were called out last night, Sunday 29 May, at around 11.30pm to search for a missing male believed to be in the Whitby area.

Whitby RNLI were paged by Humber Coastguard Operations Centre at the request of North Yorkshire Police.

The inshore lifeboat crew conducted a search as close to the water's edge as possible and the all-weather lifeboat was also launched to search the water between Whitby harbour and Sandsend

The RNLI volunteer crew worked alongside the police and coastguard to conduct the search which took around an hour and a half. Both RNLI lifeboats were given permission to stand down as nothing was found, and returned to the station.

Station mechanic Richard Dowson, said "The multi-agency search, in difficult conditions showed great teamwork and communication skills from all parties involved. The various agencies responded quickly to conduct a safe and detailed search of the required area."

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