Barrow Lifeboat Rescues People Stranded by Rising Tide at Foulney Island

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched their inshore lifeboat this afternoon, 23 August 2016, to go to the aid of three members of the public who had become stranded on Foulney Island.

The initial request to launch the lifeboat came from Holyhead Coastguard at 3-36pm this afternoon. The inshore lifeboat, Vision of Tamworth was launched within just a few minutes of the request with Dave Kell at the helm assisted by two crew. Foulney Island is only a short distance from the Lifeboat Station and so the ILB was quickly on the scene.


The three members of the public had become cut off on the island by the rising tide but with the assistance of the lifeboat, they were safely returned to the shore. The lifeboat was stood down at 3-55pm.

The sea conditions at the time were slight and the wind was northerly, force 3-4. Visibility was good and high water was at 3-46pm with a height of 9.0 metres

With the three people rescued safely ashore, the Barrow Lifeboat was returned to the Boathouse, washed down and made ready for the next launch.

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