Both the Torbay RNLI inshore lifeboat and all-weather lifeboats launched

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer lifeboat crews were paged at 08:51 on 19 November to search for a missing person in Torbay.

The search started at the Torquay side of the bay following reports of a missing person from one of the resort's beaches.

Both boats were deployed, the inshore lifeboat (ILB) being able to search around the many small coves and around the rocky outcrops; whilst the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) could carry out its searches slightly offshore.

The Coastguard helicopter also joined in the search, but after several hours of searching nothing was found and the boats returned to station.

Police divers were deployed to search the area in the vicinity of Meadfoot beach where sadly the casualty was later recovered.

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