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St Davids and Angle RNLI all-weather lifeboats in a large-scale search

Lifeboats News Release

Following a request by UK coastguards on Saturday June 23 at 6.20am St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched on service, to join in a large scale search for a vessel which was reportedly taken in water.


Phil Griffiths

St Davids RNLI Tamar Launching

The lifeboat proceeded south of Skokholm island and commenced to carry out a box search of a designated area, which was planned by the coastguards.

Also carrying out a box search pattern in the vicinity was Angle RNLI all-weather lifeboat and a coastguard rescue helicopter 187 from St Athan.

After searching for a several hours, the coastguards came into information, that this was a hoax call that had been made.

This call had tied up vital rescue resources and had come at a large cost.

With this information all search and rescue services were stood down with St Davids lifeboat arriving back at their station at 10am.


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For more information please contact Jim Phillips St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07791121039 -- 01437721532 or by email: or alternatively contact Danielle Rush Regional Media Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 - 01745585162 or by email:

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