Abandoned tent sparks coastline search

Clovelly lifeboat crew find no trace of occupants

THE Clovelly inshore lifeboat searched the shoreline from Clovelly to Westward Ho! after a tent and belongings were found abandoned near Rocks Nose.

The Spirit of Clovelly was launched early on Friday morning at the request of the Coastguard. A German visitor reported that the tent had been unoccupied for three days.

Three sleeping bags were found inside, but there was no information on the whereabouts of the occupants.

An extensive joint search was carried out with the police and Coastguard, but nothing was found and the lifeboat returned to station.

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Clovelly lifeboat spokesman Dan Garnett said: “The volunteer lifeboat crew were pleased to help in trying to solve this mystery.

“During the busy holiday season, we do get strange reports that need careful investigation and would like to thank members of the public for keeping their eyes open and reporting incidents to the Coastguard.”

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