Missing person search in early hours for Silloth RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A 37 year old women who was reported missing has been found after an extensive multi agency search in the Silloth area on 12th March, 2017.

Silloth and Workington lifeboats coordinating the search

RNLI/Andrew Stanley

Silloth and Workington lifeboats coordinating the search

Silloth RNLI lifeboat launched into the darkness in the early hours of Sunday morning. They used search lights, para flares and night vision equipment to assist them with the search. The rest of the RNLI volunteer crew were joined by HM Coastguard teams from Maryport and Whitehaven together with teams from Cumbria Police Force (with dog handlers) and Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team who also had search dogs.

After a short break and the return of daylight the search resumed and the original teams were joined by Workington all-weather lifeboat (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats, a Coastguard helicopter, Air Ambulance helicopter, Maryport Inshore Rescue Boat and members of the general public. Eventually the women was found inland by police just before 10am on Sunday morning.

She was given medical assistance by paramedics from both helicopters and the North West Ambulance service and then airlifted to Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle by the Coastguard helicopter.

Eddie Studholme, Silloth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'This was a great multi-agency response showing great team work, with a life saved.'

RNLI media contact

For more information, contact Sue Kent, Silloth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07825 742966

Searching a sandbank with Silloth lifeboat in background

RNLI/Andrew Stanley

Searching a sandbank with Silloth lifeboat in background

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