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Fishing boat runs out of fuel

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers at St Bees RNLI had just finished cleaning and refuelling their lifeboat after the regular Tuesday night training exercise when they received a call from the lock keeper at Whitehaven Harbour.

Tuesdsay May 24 a small fishing vessel contacted the lock via a mobile phone informing them that they had run out of fuel beetween Whitehaven and St Bees. Aware that the lifeboat had been out on exercise the lock keeper called the lifeboat station direct. The lifeboat was launched taking a spare can of fuel with them. The fishing boat was quickly located and refuelled before being escorted back to Whitehaven Harbour.
For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07742207222 or email colin_wadey@rnli.org.uk

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