Reliability, Performance, Compliance


Para-flares used in search for woman


A missing 37-year-old woman has been found following a night-time search in Cumbria, UK, involving parachute rocket illuminating flares to light the area.

The emergency services, lifeboat teams, mountain rescuers and the coastguard were all involved and use para-illuminating flares as well as night vision equipment.

Silloth RNLI lifeboat was joined by HM Coastguard teams from Maryport and Whitehaven together with teams from Cumbria Police Force (with dog handlers) and Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team.

They were later joined by Workington all-weather lifeboat (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats, a Coastguard helicopter, Air Ambulance helicopter, Maryport Inshore Rescue Boat and the public.

The following morning, the woman was found in a ditch on the marsh road by police and was given medical assistance by paramedics from both helicopters and the North West Ambulance service and then airlifted to Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle by the Coastguard helicopter.

Silloth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Eddie Studholme, says, “This was a great multi-agency response showing great team work, with a life saved.”

The main image shows Silloth and Workington lifeboats coordinating the search. The picture is credit: RNLI/Andrew Stanley.

Mar 17, 2017