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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat search for missing pilot in the English Channel

On Sunday 21 July at 15.35 hours the Dungeness RNLI Mersey class lifeboat “Pride and Spirit was tasked to search for a missing aircraft, 15 miles south of Dungeness with one person on board. Once on scene the Air Sea Rescue Helicopter 125 from Wattisham directed the RNLI lifeboat to wreckage. Boulogne and Calais lifeboats joined in the extensive search for the pilot until dark.

Duty Coxswain Trevor Bunney said “ We thoroughly searched the area with other rescue services until dusk when the English coastguards asked us to return to station”

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