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Newcastle and Kilkeel RNLI involved in recovery of missing person

Lifeboats News Release

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.’

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