St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat assists in multi-agency search

Lifeboats News Release

St Agnes’ D-Class ILB was launched last night (Tuesday 9 June) to assist in a search prompted by a signal from a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).

St Agnes Coastguard

Coastguard helicopter searches the scene.

HM Coastguard in Falmouth requested the lifeboat be launched at 9pm after receiving a distress signal from the PLB a mile and half offshore from St Agnes Head. St Agnes lifeboat, crewed by helm Paul Fisher, with Liam Richards and Tom Forehead, joined St Ives RNLI ALB, St Agnes Volunteer Coastguard team and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter in a search lasting 2 hours.

After searching an extensive area and finding no casualty or any evidence of an incident, the search was called off. St Agnes ILB returned to station at 11.02pm.

The lifeboat was refuelled, rehoused, and ready for service at 11.25pm.

A Personal Locator Beacon is a piece of safety equipment carried by an individual. When activated it sends a signal to a network of satellites and alerts rescue services. For more information on safety equipment for sea farers see the RNLI website:

https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/yacht-sailing-and-motorboating#

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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, in a normal year, 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.

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