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St Mary's Bay rescue: Lifeboat and coastguard crews launch in search for woman on Romney Marsh beach

By Matt Leclere

A rescue operation was launched this afternoon after a suspected suicide note was found.

Police and search and rescue teams were scrambled after a beach cleaner found the note in Dymchurch.

Littlestone's lifeboat along with the coastguard helicopter from Lydd and shore teams were sent to scour the beach in St Mary's Bay for a missing woman.

Littlestone lifeboat was launched
Littlestone lifeboat was launched

An extensive search is being carried out along the beach but the lifeboat was stood down and returned back to station at 2.30pm.

A spokesman for Littlestone RNLI said: "We were launched at 12.11pm and there was shore land coastguard teams from Folkestone to look for a missing person in the water off Dymchurch.

"The information came from the beach cleaner who picked up a piece of paper that looked like a suicide note.

"The rescue helicopter from Lydd was launched and have ways of scanning the beach.

"But nothing was found and we did an extensive search of the beach."

A police spokesman said officers are still searching the area.

Police earlier said they were called after "concerns for the welfare" of a woman in the High Street shortly before midday.

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