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Kirkcudbright lifeboat invovled in search

Lifeboats News Release

HM Coastguard was alerted by crew on fishing vessel “Hopefull” that a small 18ft. power boat was close to rocks near Cairn Head, Isle of Whithorn. Kirkcudbright Lifeboat launched at 11.44pm and arrived on scene at 12.15am.

It was confirmed that the vessel was unoccupied. The information that HM Coastguard had was that one person had been on board earlier in the evening.

The lifeboat recovered the vessel to the harbour and a large search began for a suspected missing person. This involved Kirkcudbright Lifeboat, Port William inshore lifeboat and HM Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick.

Police and local Coastguards searching the shore line.

Kirkcudbright Lifeboat was stood down at 7.30 a.m. when a body was found near Cairn Head Farm.

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Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903,

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