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Emergency locator beacon sparks search off Cornwall

Emergency locator beacon sparks search off Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 11:25am 28th January 2020. (Updated at 10:44am 30th January 2020)

Archive photo of a lifeboat search: Penlee Lifeboat

It has emerged a multi-agency search off Cornwall was triggered by an emergency locator beacon.

Two lifeboats, Coastguard teams and a Coastguard helicopter scoured St Ives Bay.

They were scrambled at around 6.30pm on Monday evening.

They have since confirmed that the alarm was coming from an abandoned boat, submerged in Hayle Harbour.

Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 924 managed to pinpoint its exact location, before crews were stood down.

"Our volunteer crew have now returned to the station after responding to reports of an emergency location beacon that had been set off in the Hayle Harbour area. 

"Our all weather lifeboat was requested to perform an offshore search three miles off, and our inshore lifeboat was requested to execute an inshore search. 

"Rescue helicopter 924 was also on scene and was able to pinpoint the exact location as Hayle harbour. 

"The crew quickly located an epirb on a submerged and abandoned vessel. 

"The crew were able to secure the beacon, deactivate it and everyone at this point was stood down. 

"The crew then returned to the station to prepare once again for service".

St Ives' Lifeboat

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