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Appledore RNLI in multi-agency search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Last night, Wednesday 8 November, Appledore RNLI joined the Police and Coastguard services in a five hour multi-agency search for a missing person in the Torridge Taw Estuary.

Appledore RNLI search for missing person

RNLI/Simon Ellery

Picture: Appledore RNLI search for missing person – by Simon Ellery

At approximately 9pm last night the volunteer crew from Appledore RNLI were requested to search for a missing person believed to have fallen off the Torridge [New] Bridge over the River Torridge between Northam and Bideford. The all-weather lifeboat Mollie Hunt, the inshore lifeboat Glanely, and the RNLI boarding boat were all tasked to join the coordinated search, together with Police and Coastguard helicopters, and a flood rescue boat from the Fire and Rescue Service. Coastguards, police and fire crew were also searching the shoreline.

As the tide was ebbing the thorough search mainly concentrated downstream from the Torridge Bridge, past Instow and Appledore, eventually as far as Bideford Bar. After five hours the Coastguard, who coordinated the rescue, called the search to its conclusion after nothing untoward had been found.

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