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Alderney's RNLI lifeboat part of air and sea search for missing man

Lifeboats News Release

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.

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