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Rye Harbour and Dungeness RNLI lifeboats in search for light aircraft

Lifeboats News Release

Rye Harbour and Dungeness RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch this afternoon by HM Coastguard following reports of a light aircraft which ditched into the sea off Rye Harbour.

Reports indicated there was one person on board.

Rye Harbour RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched at 5.23pm and Dungeness RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched around five minutes later.

Both lifeboats and their volunteer crews conducted searches in an area around Winchelsea beach and Pett Level beach.

HM Coastguard has now stood down the search and the lifeboats have returned to their respective stations. The lifeboats will be made ready to re-launch if requested by HM Coastguard.

Also involved in the search this evening were Rye Harbour and Dungeness Coastguard Rescue Teams and two Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopters.

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For more information please call Chris Cousens, RNLI Duty Press Officer, on 01202 336789 or email chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk

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