Barrow Lifeboat called to assist two people cut off by the incoming tide
Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched their inshore lifeboat this afternoon, Monday 25th March 2019, to go to the aid of two people at Foulney Island, south east of Barrow.
The alarm was raised by RNLI volunteers at Roa Island who observed two people who were walking on Foulney Island and attempting to make their way back to safety along the Foulney Embankment. The two men had become cut off by the incoming tide and were attempting to get back to the mainland by wading through the water. The lifeboat crew was paged and the inshore lifeboat, ‘Vision of Tamworth’, was launched at 2-55pm. The casualties were recovered by the lifeboat and brought back to the safety of Roa Island. The two men were uninjured.
The lifeboat was re-housed and by 3-20pm had been made ready for the next launch.
The wind at the time of the incident was westerly, Force 3, and the high tide had just passed at 2-23pm with a height of 9.3 metres.
An RNLI spokesman said, “Whenever walking at the coast, its always a good idea to check the local weather conditions and tides before going out in order to reduce the risk of getting into difficulty.”
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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.