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Pile of folded clothes on beach prompts search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Three brand new volunteer shore crew attended their first shout last night in response to a Coastguard tasking request 5.01p.m. yesterday, following a report from a member of the public of neatly rolled up clothes on Osmington beach.

RNLI/Amanda Salter

The person went to talk to the PGL security guards who confirmed to them that someone did appear to be missing.

Both Weymouth RNLI lifeboats were launched, with a total of eight volunteer crew, to search for a missing person. The Atlantic 85 inshore boat arrived on scene first at the eastern end of the search area off Osmington at 5.29 p.m.

As the clothes looked like they had been there awhile and no missing persons had been reported to the police, both boats were stood down at 6.00 p.m. and returned to harbour where they were made ready for the next shout.

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