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Fowey RNLI launches lifeboats in search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday February 22 at 7.10pm, the Fowey RNLI all-weather lifeboat and the D class lifeboat were launched to assist the coastguard and the police in a search and rescue operation for a missing person in St Austell Bay.

RNLI/Cathy Baillie

Fowey volunteer lifeboat crew on the inshore lifeboat had just set out on a training exercise and were diverted to assist with the search. The crew on the all-weather lifeboat were being briefed for a training exercise when they were also called to assist. The search covered a wide area from Gribben and the foreshore around Carlyon Bay and Par beach.

Search lights and in-operation night lights were used in the search which lasted for 5 hours in total. The lifeboats were stood down and returned to Fowey just before midnight at 11.50pm.

No further information will be released at this time.

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