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John FalveyDeputy Launching Authority
Lifeboats News Release
Barrow Inshore lifeboat rescues broken down day fishing boat
Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched the inshore lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ early this morning, Saturday 2nd June 2012, to go to the assistance of a disabled day fishing boat which had broken down.
Liverpool Coastguard had requested lifeboat assistance after the crew had contacted them by mobile phone to say that their engine had broken down one half mile southeast of Piel Bar, near the southern tip of Walney Island.
The Barrow based inshore lifeboat, ‘Vision of Tamworth’, crewed by Paul Wilcock, Kate Lawty and Andy Baxter, launched at 7am and were quickly at the scene where they identified the casualty as the 15 foot day fishing boat ‘Maggie’ with two local men on board. The men had managed to restart the engine but it had failed again almost immediately, so the lifeboat connected a tow and the vessel was towed back to Ferry Pitching where it was placed ashore.
Crewman Andy Baxter said “We think that the problem was in the fuel system, so we returned them to shore and left them to sort out the problem in a safe environment.”
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