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First Call out of 2017 for St Bees RNLI Volunteers.

Lifeboats News Release

At 1:49 pm on Wednesday 4 January the volunteers at St Bees RNLI had their first call out of 2017.

After a cold afternoon search around Whitehaven Harbour the lifeboat is returned to the station and made ready for the next call out

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Washing down and refuelling after the search at Whitehaven

The volunteers were requested by UK Coastguard to assist Whitehaven HM Coastguard in the search for a vulnerable adult who was last seen around Whitehaven Harbour. After an extensive search of the area nothing was found and the crew was stood down. The lifeboat was returned to the station at 4:45 pm

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