St Bees RNLI involved in a major multi agency operation at St Bees beach

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers at St Bees RNLI were paged at 6:28pm March 1 2018 after a person was seen entering the sea at St Bees.

Fire Engine, Ambulance and Coastguard all at St Bees lifeboat station

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Fire Engine, Ambulance and Coastguard at St Bees lifeboat station

The St Bees lifeboat Joy Morris MBE was immediately launched and began searching around St Bees Head. The remaining crew, wearing dry suits and life jackets, began searching along the shoreline.

A major search and rescue operation was soon underway when both Whitehaven and Maryport Coastguard, along with the Coastguard Search & Rescue Helicopter 912 joined St Bees RNLI in the search. Workington RNLI was also launched joining forces with the crew of St Bees lifeboat using their searchlights to check along the cliffs around St Bees Head. West Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service soon arrived helping with the search using their thermal imaging equipment and supplying additional lighting. Cumbria Police, along with their dog handlers and West Cumbria Ambulance Service, made this a major multi agency operation.

After an extensive search along the coastline, further out to sea and around St Bees Head nothing was found so all the teams were stood down.

Dick Beddows St Bees RNLI Operations Manager said ‘This was a great example of all the emergency services working together’.

A St Bees volunteer carrying out a shoreline search.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Shoreline search
Preparing for the search

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Preparing for the search

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