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St Bees RNLI launched in rough seas to reports of person in the water

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.40pm St Bees RNLI were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard to locate and assist a person in the water in Whitehaven harbour.

St Bees lifeboat launching into rough seas during a training exercise

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St Bees lifeboat launching into rough seas

By 10.55pm the lifeboat was launched into rough seas, large gusts of the near gale winds with poor visibility.

With the lifeboat underway, the crew faced harsh winds and large amounts of spray as they headed to Whitehaven harbour as quickly as the conditions allowed. By 11.10pm St Bees RNLI were on scene to help local Whitehaven Coastguard to locate the casualty in the water. W.C.R.T. sent a rescue swimmer into the water who successfully recovered the casualty.

With the casualty safe and well, St Bees RNLI were stood down by Belfast Coastguard. However due to the still rough conditions and poor visibility, the decision was made to moor the lifeboat in the safety of the harbour.

A spokesman for St Bees RNLI said: ‘A shout for a person in the water is something that we often train for and is always a time critical shout. Despite the poor conditions the crew performed their roles with the greatest professionalism and this helped ensure a good outcome for both crew and the casualty.’

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