St Bees RNLI launched to a sinking speedboat.

Lifeboats News Release

At 3:15pm on Sunday Belfast Coastguard requested the volunteers at St Bees RNLI to go to the aid of a sinking speedboat.

One of the volunteers at St Bees RNLI was spending the afternoon with his family on the beach by the lifeboat station when a member of the public approached him. He had seen his RNLI T-shirt. He said the speedboat his friends were in was taking on water and could he help. The RNLI volunteer immediately contacted the Coastguard.

St Bees lifeboat was launched in less than ten minutes and quickly located the vessel off St Bees Head. All three people on the speedboat were transferred to the lifeboat and a towline attached. The vessel was then quickly taken into Whitehaven Harbour where they were met by members of Whitehaven Coastguard.

Dick Beddows St Bees RNLI Operations Manager said ‘our volunteers responded very quickly this afternoon getting to the casualty before the situation became more serious’.

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For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, St Bees RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07742207222 email

Launching to the sinking speedboat

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Bringing the speedboat safley back to Whitehaven Harbour

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Towing the speedboat
Towing the speedboat through the lock gates

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Ariving at Whitehaven
Heading home to St Bees

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Leaving Whithaven

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