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Kilkeel and Newcastle RNLI recover missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Kilkeel RNLI were tasked last evening to help in the search for a missing person and because of the failing light they returned to base to resume the search on Monday morning.

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Newcastle and Clogherhead RNLI were also launched this morning and continued the multi-agency search of Carlingford Lough. Sea conditions and visibility were good The crew members were replaced at approximately 11.30am and the search continued, with the missing person being sighted by Newcastle RNLI at the Blockhouse, Carlingford Lough. Kilkeel RNLI lifeboat crew then took the remains to Greenore Coastguard Boathouse where they were handed over to the Garda and the waiting family members.

Speaking afterwards Kilkeel RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John Fisher said 'This was not the outcome we or the family wanted and at this difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the casualty. At this time I would also like to thank the volunteer crew for their commitment and energy. We train for such an incident but always pray that it has a better outcome.'

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