Dungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to red flare sighted between Dungeness and Rye
On Saturday 17 August at 20.37 hours the RNLI Mersey class lifeboat “Pride and Spirit’ was tasked to a red parachute flare sighting somewhere between Rye and Dungeness reported to the Coastguard by a passing yacht on passage to Dover. After launching, Coxswain Stuart Adams and his voluntary crew on the RNLI lifeboat did an extensive radar sweep of the area but nothing was found. The RNLI lifeboat returned to station.
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