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St Ives RNLI lifeboat launch to assist in a search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

The St Ives all-weather RNLI lifeboat, the Nora Stachura, was launched on Friday 7 July at 5.10pm, following a request from the Falmouth coastguard. They were tasked to assist in a search for a suspected missing person off the coast of Porthtowan.

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RNLI/Alban Roinard

Nora Stachura Launch

The prevailing weather conditions at the time were good visibility, calm seas with a slight swell. The St Agnes RNLI lifeboat as well as the coastguard assisted in the search. Thankfully the missing person was located on land and as a result the voluntary rescue services were stood down.

The St Ives lifeboat with coxswain Robert Cocking at the helm and voluntary crew returned to station at 6.10pm.

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