Dover RNLI lifeboat joins multi agency search for missing diver
Dover RNLI's volunteer crew, led by Coxswain James Clapham were launched into action at 12.45pm on Monday 12 March in response to a call from the UK Coastguard to search for a missing diver in St Margaret's Bay.
The City of London II Dover lifeboat joined RNLI crews from Walmer and Dungeness Lifeboat Stations and the UK Coastguard helicopter Rescue 163 in the search.
All three RNLI craft carried out an extensive search between St Margaret’s Bay and Dover harbour. At 3.50pm, after three hours, the Walmer lifeboat returned to station for a crew change and after refuelling, re-launched to continue with the search.
Dungeness lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter Rescue 175 from Lee on Solent had in the meantime also been paged to assist.
The casualty was not located and after a further 50 minutes the Walmer lifeboat Donald McLachlan was stood down, the crew returning to station.
The Dover lifeboat City of London II remained on scene and the search continued into the night.
At 21.10pm the search was deemed inconclusive and the Dover crew regrettably returned to the station.
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