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Aberdeen Lifeboats in night-time search for missing woman

Lifeboats News Release

Aberdeen’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats both launched at 11.45pm on Thursday 27 July, responding to a request from Police Scotland for assistance in searching for a missing woman thought to have been at Aberdeen beach.

Aberdeen's D-class inshore lifeboat 'James Bisset Simpson'

RNLI/Terry McNeill

Aberdeen's D-class inshore lifeboat 'James Bisset Simpson'

The crews were joined in the search by Coastguard Rescue Teams and the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Inverness.

The lifeboats searched the coastline from the Bay of Nigg to the River Don mouth, with the inshore lifeboat (ILB) searching close inshore and the larger all-weather lifeboat (ALB) searching around 400m offshore.

At 4.00am on Friday 28 July, and with nothing found, the lifeboats were stood down and returned to base

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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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