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St Bees RNLI launched to help search for a missing person.

Lifeboats News Release

At 8:25pm on Wednesday 26 July the volunteers from St Bees RNLI were requested by UK Coastguard to assist Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team and Cumbria Police in the search for a vulnerable adult.

The RNLI volunteers were asked to look for the missing person between Fleswick Bay and Whitehaven Harbour. In difficult conditions St Bees lifeboat crew along with their colleagues from the Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team carried out an extensive shoreline search, All search and rescue teams were stood down after being informed by Cumbria Police that the missing person had been found safe.

While St Bees lifeboat was out searching for the missing person a wind surfer got caught up in a squall and was seen being dragged along the beach close to the lifeboat station. RNLI volunteers made their way along the beach to assist the wind surfer and help him back to the lifeboat station. Members of the shore crew then administered first aid before his friends who had remained on the beach to recover his kit took him home.

St Bees Lifeboat Operations Manager Dick Beddows said ‘This search and rescue operation was a great example of the Cumbrian emergency services working well together’. Adding ‘I am also pleased we were on hand to help the kite surfer and hope he makes a quick recovery’.

St Bees RNLI crew looking for a missing person who was found safe further inland

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Searching for a vulnerable adult.

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