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Workington RNLI called out after reports of person in sea

Lifeboats News Release

Workington RNLI was called out today after reports of a person in difficulty in the sea.

Workington RNLI's Dorothy May White coming into Whitehaven with lighthouse on North Pier to the right

RNLI/Mark Regan

Workington RNLI's Dorothy May White

The volunteer crews of the all-weather lifeboat the Dorothy May White and the inshore rescue boat, the John F Mortimer, were alerted at around 1.30pm.
Reports had come in of a person in the sea off the coast at Parton.

St Bees RNLI was also called out and a passer-by also swam out to help.
The passer-by reached the casualty first and got the person to shore, handing them over to the care of Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team and the North West Ambulance Service.

Both lifeboats returned to the station at around 2.20pm.

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