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Dungeness lifeboat tasked to red flare sightings in Rye Bay area

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Screenshot photograph taken from Marine Traffic of Dungeness lifeboat searching Rye Bay after sightings of red flares

RNLI/Judith Richardson

Screenshot photograph taken from Marine Traffic of Dungeness lifeboat searching Rye Bay after sightings of red flares

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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