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Larne RNLI called out to search for missing female

Lifeboats News Release

Both Larne RNLI lifeboats were requested last night (Saturday 7 April) by Belfast coastguard to assist the PSNI to search for a female reported missing.

File photo of Larne RNLI on exercise


File photo of Larne RNLI on exercise

The all-weather lifeboat Dr John McSparron was launched at 10.30pm and conducted a thorough search from Larne harbour to Ballygally head, while the inshore lifeboat Terry searched closer to the shoreline near to rocky areas. The PSNI helicopter was also involved with the search.

Both lifeboats used pyrotechnic flares to provide a clearer view of the search area in the darkness. Conditions at the time were described as calm.

Around 1.00am (Sunday 8 April), Belfast coastguard stood down both boats after it was confirmed by the PSNI that the female had been located and was safe.


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For more information please contact Steven Lee, Larne RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07753274490, email or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or

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