Barrow Lifeboat called to assist injured crewman
Barrow Lifeboat Station’s volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat this afternoon to go to the aid of an injured crewman aboard a wind farm support vessel.
The request to launch came from the HM Coastguard base in Holyhead at 4-50pm. The Coastguard had received the request for assistance from the wind farm guard vessel, ‘Fairline Surveyor’, which was south of the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm. The vessel’s Master reported that one of the crewmen on board had sustained a serious hand injury that required urgent treatment.
The crew was paged and the all-weather lifeboat, ‘Grace Dixon’, was launched at 5-05pm under the command of Coxswain, Shaun Charnley, assisted by a crew of six.
The lifeboat proceeded at full speed to rendezvous with the ‘Fairline Surveyor’ approximately 6 miles south west of Walney Island. The injured crewman was transferred to the lifeboat where his condition was assessed by the lifeboat’s medical team during the passage back to Barrow. The decision was made to take the casualty to the Deep Water Berth pontoon at Barrow Port where the Furness Coastguard team was waiting to transport him to Furness General Hospital.
The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to the boathouse at 7-15pm where it was cleaned and made ready for the next launch.
The wind at the time of the incident was northerly, Force 2-3, and the high tide was at 5-53pm with a predicted height of 7.1 metres.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.