Dungeness lifeboat tasked to red flare sightings in Rye Bay area
On Sunday 4 June, in the very early hours of the morning, the RNLI lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguard to red flare sightings in the Rye Bay area.
A search area was set up from the Dungeness Point to the Rye Harbour entrance. Deputy second coxswain Steve Cardew, in command of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 “The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew proceeded to let off white parachute flares to illuminate the area but nothing was seen. The lifeboat moved to within half a mile off Rye Harbour and again nothing at all could be seen.
The UK coastguard finally released the lifeboat and her volunteers to return to Dungeness.
The lifeboat was re-carriaged, refuelled and made ready for service by 2.45am. Deputy second coxswain Cardew said ‘If anyone sees a red flare then please report to the coastguard, it’s always better to be safe than sorry’
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