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Two call outs in 24 hours for St Bees RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

After a quite summer the volunteers at St Bees RNLI had a busy 24 hours.

The RNLI volunteers at St Bees were paged on Wednesday night to assist Whitehaven Coastguard after a report of someone calling for help near St Bees Head. After an extensive search no one was found and the crew were stood down.
The volunteer crew's second call out was at 12:48pm on Thursday 15 September, they were requested by Belfast Coastguard to go to the aid of vessel just outside Whitehaven Harbour.
The boat with seven persons onboard had reported a fire in the engine room. The catamaran made its own way into the harbour and was met by Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service as well as members of Whitehaven Coastguard the fire was extinguished and the situation was brought under control.
Belfast Coastguard stood down St Bees lifeboat when the vessel was safely in the harbour.

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