Alderney's RNLI lifeboat part of air and sea search for missing man
Alderney’s lifeboat launched at 4.40pm this afternoon (Monday 20 March), at the request of the local police, to search the south coast of the island for a missing 53-year old male resident.
Forty minutes later, the Guernsey-based Channel Island Air Search plane took off to sweep Alderney’s coastline.
At 5.40pm the Alderney Voluntary Fire Brigade was deployed to search the west coast.
At 6.20pm, a casualty was spotted by the search plane on the north-west shoreline near Fort Grosnez.
The fire brigade and St. John Ambulance personnel were tasked with recovering the casualty and the lifeboat and search plane were stood down at 6.30pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.