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Silloth RNLI involved in multi agency search off Annan

Lifeboats News Release

In atrocious weather conditions, the RNLI lifeboat at Silloth was called out on Tuesday 9 October at 1.30pm. With winds gusting up to force 8 they were tasked to attend a car which was in the water at the river mouth at Annan.

RNLI/Julie Emary

Also involved in the search was Nith Rescue boat and Annan Fire service.

Visibility deteriorated during the extensive search. There was a possibility of a woman and two children inside the car but this was unclear at the time.

After exhaustive searching by all the emergency services involved, it transpired that everyone in the car was safe and well.

The lifeboat, all coastguards and the helicopter were stood down at 2.32pm.

Silloth RNLI lifeboat returned to the boathouse and made ready for further service by 3.15pm.

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For further information, please contact Julie Emary, Silloth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 016973 33086 or 07715588330.

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