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Both Angle lifeboats assist in search for missing ferry passenger

Lifeboats News Release

Both Angle RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch this morning to join the search for missing person off the ferry travelling from Wales to Ireland.

Angle RNLI Tamar class lifeboat

RNLI/Nicholas Leach

Angle Tamar class lifeboat

Angle RNLI volunteers were requested to launch both the Tamar all-weather lifeboat and D-class inshore lifeboat shortly after 8:30am this morning. The lifeboats launched at 8:43am and made their way up the river towards the ferry terminal to join other agencies in the search. After searching the area the all-weather lifeboat was tasked further out to sea to continue the search along with the UK Coastguard helicopter as the inshore lifeboat stayed within the haven along with UK Coastguard teams and South Wales Police.

Both lifeboats were stood down by the UK Coastguard at 10:50am and the volunteers made their way back to station, returning to Angle by 11:30am.

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