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Overnight Search Operation for Whitby RNLI Crew

The crew were tasked after a beacon was activated from an aircraft North of Whitby.

The beacon, which usually indicates an aircraft emergency was activated off Whitby at around 12.15am.

Whitby RNLI crew were tasked to launch the all weather lifeboat, Lois Ivan and begin a search operation 58 miles North East of Whitby.

The location took almost two hours to get to, with the boat going at full speed to get there.

The volunteer crew then began a parallel track search, searching up and down in 5 mile long tracks.

Meanwhile two HM Coastguard helicopters also searched the area from above.

After around an hour and a half of searching, and with nothing found, all parties were stood down and the lifeboat began the two hour trip back to Whitby Lifeboat Station.

On arrival back at station at around 6.30am this morning the crew then refuelled and washed down the lifeboat ensuring it was ready for service.

Richard Dowson who was Coxswain on the call out said:

'It was a long night at sea for our volunteers but it is what we train to do, and they still had a smile on their faces this morning as they helped wash the boat down and get it ready to go back on service.'

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