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Report of a body sparks Walmer RNLI lifeboat launch

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer RNLI's Atlantic lifeboat launched yesterday afternoon (Sunday 13 August) after someone on a cross channel ferry spotted a body drifting 10 miles south east of Deal.

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The volunteer crew of Walmer’s lifeboat were requested to launch at 4.42pm after a cross channel Delft Seaways ferry, en route to Dunkirk, reported to Dover Coastguard that a person's body had been seen floating mid channel.

The ferry stood by the casualty while a UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter dropped smoke canisters to help with positioning. Dover RNLI lifeboat were also on scene having launched earlier.

The Walmer crew eventually recovered the body 10 miles south east of Deal. The lifeboat returned to Dover at 5.55pm where the body was passed to the police and coroner.

Walmer RNLI helm Dan Sinclair praised the professionalism of his crew Ed Benson, Andrew Coe and Luke Curry who carried out their duties in extremely difficult circumstances.

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