St Ives Crew launch to search for beacon

Lifeboats News Release

Yesterday at 9.01pm and at the request of Falmouth Coastguard, our volunteer crew launched the all weather lifeboat to reports of a personal locator beacon signal.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Readying the boat for launch

The crew quickly launched and made their way to the location, 1.5 miles North West off Cligga Head.

On arrival the crew performed a search using the lifeboats direction finder, also on scene were St Agnes volunteer crew in their Inshore lifeboat who were also searching along the shoreline. Coastguard helicopter 924 joined the search to ensure a full and in depth area could be covered.

After a significant search pattern had been completed, and without location of the beacon, any casualties or vessels the Coastguard confirmed that the crew could be stood down. The crew returned to the station and readied the boat once again for service.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

RNLI/Niki Brooks

RNLI/Niki Brooks

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