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St Bees RNLI in search for walker

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.25pm on Tuesday (7 May) volunteers at St Bees RNLI were requested by HM Coastguard to carry out a shoreline search for a possible missing person.

Lifeboat leaving the launching tractor at the bottom of the ramp

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Launching for missing person

The volunteers at St Bees RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat Joy Morris OBE after a member of the public had found a rucksack at the top of St Bees Head near the lighthouse. The owner was unable to be located and it was thought that they may have fallen and injured themselves.

Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team asked if St Bees RNLI would carry out a search along the coastline. After an extensive search nothing was found, the volunteers returned to the station at 3pm. The lifeboat was then refuelled ready for the Tuesday evening training exercise at 6pm.

The owner was later found safe and well and pleased to be reunited with their rucksack. Dick Beddows, St Bees RNLI Operations Manager said: ‘The member of the public did exactly the right thing by dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.'

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