Newcastle and Kilkeel RNLI involved in recovery of missing person
Newcastle RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘Eleanor and Bryant Girling’ launched this morning (Monday 18 March) on a navigational training exercise along the County Down coast.
At 11.56 am the lifeboat station was contacted by HM Coastguard and tasked to assist with ongoing search for a missing woman in the Carlingford Lough area.
At 12.10pm Newcastle RNLI commenced a search at the entrance to Carlingford lough and outlying islands. During this search the lifeboat located a casualty in the water and working with volunteer lifeboat crew from Clogherhead and Kilkeel RNLI, the casualty was taken ashore to Greenore Harbour by Kilkeel lifeboat and placed in the care of An Garda Síochána. The person has been pronounced deceased.
Speaking following the search Newcastle RNLI Coxswain Nathan Leneghan said, ‘On behalf of Newcastle RNLI I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the woman who was recovered from the water this afternoon. The thoughts and prays of the everyone involved in the search are with them at this sad time. I also wish to commend the volunteer crews for their commitment and professionalism.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Nathan Leneghan, Newcastle RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07851264466, email Nathan_Leneghan @rnli.org.uk or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 00 353 87 1254 124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.