RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

12/03/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2018 09:16

Portpatrick Lifeboat takes part in search for missing persons

The Portpatrick Lifeboat RNLB John Buchannan Barr Launched on Friday 30 November to assist in the search for two persons missing from the Drummore area.

Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew from Portpatrick launched at 8.30 a.m. on Friday to join with members of HM Coastguard, Police Scotland and Galloway Mountain Rescue in a search of the Luce Bay area for two persons from Drummore who had been reported missing. An empty car belonging to the couple had been found earlier near to Drummore beach by workers clearing debris from a recent storm.
Despite a thorough search of the area by all agencies involved no sign of the missing persons was found on Friday, The Portpatrick lifeboat was stood down at 3 p.m. and arrived back at Portpatrick Harbour and made ready for service at 5 p.m.

Two bodies were found on the shore near to Port William shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday, it was later confirmed that they were the missing couple from Drummore.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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