Ilfracombe RNLI launched to assist in search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

The Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboats were tasked by Falmouth Coastguard to assist emergency services in the search for a missing person near White Pebble Beach on Thursday 2 July at 11.06 p.m.

RNLI/Neil Perrin

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The volunteer crew launched the Ilfracombe all-weather lifeboat The Barry and Peggy High Foundation and the inshore lifeboat the Deborah Brown II at low tide following reports of a missing 14 year old boy. Conditions were good with a moderate force 4 (13-18 mph) west south westerly wind with a moderate sea and swell.

Both lifeboats were on scene a few minutes later were instructed by the Coastguard to search the area between the old swimming pool and Brandy Cove. The lifeboat crews searched the area for just over an hour in the dark until they were stood down when the boy was reported safe and well ashore by the Police. The lifeboats returned to the station where the they were made ready for the next service and all equipment cleaned and disinfected in line with coronavirus guidelines.

RNLI Volunteer Coxswain Andrew Bengey says: ‘we were pleased that tonight’s shout had a good outcome and that the boy was found safe and well. If you are concerned about somebody’s safety around the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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