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Cardigan RNLI lifeboats called out to help in search for missing person.

Lifeboats News Release

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of both RNLI lifeboats from Cardigan at 4.32am on Saturday (18 February) to search for a suspected missing person.

The call was to aid in the search for an elderly gentleman who had been reported missing earlier in the evening. The gentleman was known to enjoy walking near Mwnt and the estuary around Patch and up to Cardigan.

Cardigan RNLI volunteer crew launched both lifeboats, the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Albatross conducted a search of the area from below the Cliff Hotel in Gwbert around the coast to a point near Mwnt.

The smaller D class lifeboat Elsie Ida Meade was launched from the slipway at Glanteifion St Dogmaels and searched the area from the pontoon, along the river banks and down to the perch at the mouth of the estuary.

At around 6am the UK Coastguard stood both boats down and they returned to station.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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