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Wicklow RNLI assists in multi-agency search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow RNLI lifeboats launched after 10.40am on Tuesday (27 December) morning to search for a missing person at Wicklow harbour.

Wicklow RNLI in search for missing man

RNLI/Wicklow

Wicklow RNLI in search for missing man

The inshore and all weather lifeboats joined Garda and Coast Guard units in a coordinated search from Six Mile Point to Wicklow harbour and south to Brittas Bay.

Weather conditions during the search were favourable with good visibility and light winds.

The multi-agency operation which involved Wicklow RNLI , Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 and a local shore unit, the Garda sub aqua unit , Civil Defence , Irish underwater search and recovery unit and volunteer divers from Wicklow Sub Aqua Club conducted an extensive search for the missing person.

Speaking after the search operation, Tommy Dover , Wicklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ’Our volunteer crews were tasked by the Coast Guard to assist with the search over three days , they undertook extensive searches of the shore line and out to sea and completed the final sweep of the area as light faded on Thursday evening. Unfortunately the person was not located and our thoughts are with the family at this time.’

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Notes to Editors
Please find attached a photo of the Wicklow all-weather lifeboat during the search. Credit Wicklow RNLI.

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For more information please contact Tommy Dover RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 2509 407 email Tommy_Dover@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org

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