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Major search off West Cumbria coast

[A]t 9.16pm on Thursday 15 September CGOC Belfast Coastguard received a 999 call reporting a person in the water and cries for help being heard one mile north of Silloth.

Silloth RNLI Lifeboat was launched and were soon joined by two boats from Workington Lifeboat and two boats from Maryport Inshore Rescue.

While a search plan was being formulated, Rescue 999 the Coastguard Search & Rescue S-92 from Prestwick joined the search.

The Lifeboats and Helicopter made a comprehensive and intensive search of the water between Grune Point and Allonby Bay.

The Coastguard team from Maryport, joined by Burgh-by-Sands Coastguard Rescue Team and shore crew from Silloth Lifeboat made a shoreline search between Silloth Lifeboat slipway and Grune Point.

Once the available light had faded and nothing being found, it was decided to suspend the search and release the lifeboats and helicopter to return to their base.

A spokesman for Maryport Coastguard Rescue Team said: “The team would like to extend their thanks to the crews of all five boats and the crew of the Coastguard Helicopter.

“The Coastguard team’s were released shortly afterwards once they had finished their final sweep.

“The team would also like to thank Silloth’s shore crew for their help.

“We reserve our biggest thanks for the Senior Maritime Operations Officer and their Maritime Operations Officers from both shifts on duty at Belfast CGOC for the great co-ordination of all assets and for keeping the team safe and well informed.”

In a coastal emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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