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Newquay RNLI Lifeboat volunteers launch as reports of screams for help reported

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.05am on Monday, 24 July, Newquay RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were paged as reports of screams for help had been reported coming from the Porth Beach area.

The volunteer crew launched the charity's D class lifeboat, arriving on scene at 12.19am. The crew began to search the coastline along Porth and Whipsiderry, while colleagues from Newquay coastguard search & rescue team scoured the beach areas.

At 12.24am illuminating flares were launched by the D class crew to help light the search area and at the same time, the charity's Atlantic 85 was launched and joined the search just five minutes later.

A thorough search was made of the area and all volunteers were asked to stand down at 12.44am as the coastguard was satisfied that there was no-one in distress and on this occassion it was a false alarm with good intent.

Both of the lifeboats arrived back in Newquay harbour at 12.48am, and all volunteers left the lifeboat station at 1.24am after making the boats ready for service.

In any coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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