Dover RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew members have an early wake up call

Lifeboats News Release

Dover Coastguard requested the Launch of Dover RNLI Lifeboat at approx. 06:25 due to concerns for a male's welfare.

The volunteer crew were requested to launch by UK Coastguard who had been informed a person may be in distress on or near the cliffs.

The lifeboat crew set out of Dover Harbour to conduct a search of Fan Bay, from Dover towards St Margaret's.

James Clapham, Coxswain for Dover RNLI Lifeboat, the City of London II, said: ‘We were joined by the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd to search for a person. The helicopter crew located a sighting beneath the cliffs near to Langdon Steps at approximately 7am.'

Dover lifeboat crew launched their smaller inshore inflatable, known as a Y-boat, in order to reach and recover the body of a man from the shore beneath the cliffs.

Dover RNLI Coxswain James Clapham said: 'Sadly it wasn't the outcome we ever expect or like to find, as it is very distressing for family and friends of a person. We would like to share our sincere condolences to those concerned. We would also like to thank and provide continued support to our volunteer crew members who braved the task in hand.'

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