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Workington RNLI callout after emergency beacon picked up

Lifeboats News Release

Workington RNLI was called out this morning after an emergency beacon was picked up by a member of the public.

The person was monitoring shipping movement in the Solway and reported the beacon to HM Coastguard.

The beacon was pinpointed between Maryport and Workington and the Coastguard requested Workington RNLI volunteers to launch the charity's all-weather lifeboat and also check any shipping movements in the area.

The all-weather lifeboat checked the area, but nothing was found. Thanks to the member of the public who called the Coastguard - it was a false alarm with good intent.

If anyone sees anything they are not sure about on the coast or at sea, always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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