Gorleston all-weather lifeboat in multi-agency search

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew was tasked following reports of a possible sighting of a person close to the cliff edge in the Hopton area.

The Charity’s relief all-weather lifeboat Dora Foster Mcdonald was launched by UK Coastguard to search the area during a multi-agency operation.

The lifeboat volunteers conducted an extensive search of the Hopton/Corton area of sea whilst the flanking RNLI station’s Lowestoft lifeboat covered an area just to the south.

After approximately half an hour the relief Inshore lifeboat Pride of Leicester joined the search to cover the shallower shoreline area.

Rescue 163, a Coastguard helicopter from Lydd, also covered the area using their thermal imaging equipment.

After a four hour search nothing was found and all units were stood down by UK Coastguard.

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