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St Ives launches both lifeboats to support search for missing casualty

Lifeboats News Release

The pagers sounded at 5.48pm, Falmouth Coastguard requested our all weather lifeboat to help search.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

All Weather Lifeboat Launching

The crew launched the all weather and inshore lifeboats quickly, and made their way to the Hells Mouth area. Reports to the coastguard had come in, and the crew were needed to help in a search.

On arrival the crew began a thorough search of the area working closely with the coastguard. A detailed search pattern was followed, as well as using the all weather lifeboats flood lights and technology to ensure the crew could be confident that the area was fully searched and no casualties located.

After some considerable time the suspected casualty was thankfully located elsewhere safe and well. This meant that the crew were no longer needed and so they were stood down.

The crew returned to the station and are now readying the boats once again for service.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Both our Lifeboats and Head Launcher

RNLI/Niki Brooks

SLARS returning from launching the all weather lifeboat

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