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Red Bay RNLI in search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Red Bay RNLI in County Antrim joined in the ongoing search for a missing woman today (Sunday 18 December).

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The all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain Paddy McLaughlin and with six crew members onboard launched at 11.30am and continued searching until six o’clock this evening.

The lifeboat started its search in the area of Ballintoy before moving south to Torr Head. Coastguard units meanwhile searched the shoreline.

Weather conditions were favourable today with a cold but moderate sea, and good visibility.

Paddy McLaughlin, Red Bay RNLI Coxswain said: ‘We searched in good conditions for most of today but unfortunately we didn’t find anything. Our thoughts remain with the lady’s family during an ongoing search.’

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