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RNLI use flares at night to search for missing woman

Larne lifeboat

Lifeboat rescuers in Ireland used flares to search for a woman in darkness.

Larne RNLI was called out by Belfast coast guard to assist the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and search for the missing female one night in April.

The all-weather lifeboat Dr John McSparron conducted a thorough search from Larne harbour to Ballygally head, while the inshore lifeboat, Terry, searched closer to the shoreline near to rocky areas. The PSNI helicopter was also involved with the search.

Both lifeboats used flares to provide a clearer view of the search area in the darkness. Conditions at the time were calm.

Later, Belfast coastguard stood down both boats after it was confirmed by the PSNI that the female had been located and was safe.

The image is a file photo of Larne RNLI on an exercise and is courtesy of RNLI/Larne RNLI.

Apr 24, 2018