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RNLI, Coast Guard and LE Ciara involved in Dursey search

May 17th, 2019 5:14 PM

By Southern Star Team

The LE Ciara in Bantry today before it was tasked to join the search. (Photo: Andy Gibson)

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RNLI, Coast Guard and LE Ciara involved in Dursey search Castletownbere’s RNLI lifeboat was launched this afternoon, along with other emergency services, after a member of the public reported a missing person in Dursey Island.

Castletownbere lifeboat, under the command of coxswain Dean Hegarty, launched shortly after 2pm after Valentia Coastguard radio received reports that a visitor to Dursey Island had gone missing.

The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Derrynane Inshore Rescue Boat, and the Irish Navy vessel LE Ciara were also tasked. Once on the scene, the lifeboat commenced a search of the area.

he Coast Guard helicopter did a sweep of the island and spotted a person who fitted the description of the casualty.

The Coast Guard helicopter lowered a winchman and confirmed that the casualty was safe and well. All emergency services were then stood down.

Commenting on the call-out, launching authority Paddy O’Conor said: ‘We are delighted at the very swift response of the crew and that the casualty was located safe and well.’

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