Portpatrick Lifeboat takes part in search for missing persons

Lifeboats News Release

The Portpatrick Lifeboat RNLB John Buchannan Barr Launched on Friday 30 November to assist in the search for two persons missing from the Drummore area.

Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew from Portpatrick launched at 8.30 a.m. on Friday to join with members of HM Coastguard, Police Scotland and Galloway Mountain Rescue in a search of the Luce Bay area for two persons from Drummore who had been reported missing. An empty car belonging to the couple had been found earlier near to Drummore beach by workers clearing debris from a recent storm.

Despite a thorough search of the area by all agencies involved no sign of the missing persons was found on Friday, The Portpatrick lifeboat was stood down at 3 p.m. and arrived back at Portpatrick Harbour and made ready for service at 5 p.m.

Two bodies were found on the shore near to Port William shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday, it was later confirmed that they were the missing couple from Drummore.

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