Port Erin RNLI Lifeboat launches in night-time search for missing person

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Port Erin RNLI Lifeboat was paged by IOM Coastguard at 2:59am on Friday morning with Port Erin and Castletown Coastguard teams and the IOM Constabulary to search for a missing older person.

Crew members looking at an object during search

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Port Erin Lifeboat searching
Helmsman Tony Mitchell took the lifeboat Muriel and Leslie B-813 with a volunteer crew in thick fog and darkness to conduct a coastal search in and around Port Erin Harbour. At the same time, the coastguard and police executed a search on land.

Port Erin Lifeboat was stood down at 4:30am by Belfast Coastguard after the older person was found safe and well inland by IOM Constabulary officers. Helmsman Tony Mitchell took the lifeboat and volunteer crew safely back to Port Erin lifeboat station where they rehoused the lifeboat and made it ready for service.

Port Erin AIS Tracking from marin traffic

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Port Erin AIS Tracking

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