Cullercoats RNLI in night time search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Cullercoats Lifeboat crew were paged at 6:33pm tonight, (Monday 26th November 2018), to reports of a missing woman near Cullercoats.

Cullercoats Lifeboat Station this evening, showing how dark it was

RNLI/Anna Heslop

Cullercoats Lifeboat Station this evening

The lifeboat launched quickly, while the remaining crew on shore donned jackets and wellies to assist in the search on shore. Team Members from Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB), who were also called, searched the shore line along to St Mary's Lighthouse. The lifeboat searched along as far as St Mary's Lighthouse and were turning to head South and search again when it was confirmed the casualty had been found safe ashore. Humber Coastguard thanked the crew for their assistance and confirmed they could stand down. The lifeboat returned to station, where it was rehoused and made ready for service once again by 7:45pm.

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