Barrow Lifeboat launched to assist stricken vessel in Walney Channel
Volunteer crew from Barrow’s Lifeboat Station launched their inshore lifeboat this afternoon to go to the aid of a motor cruiser which had broken down in Walney Channel.
The request to launch came from HM Coastguard in Holyhead shortly before midday. The information received was that a 29-foot motor cruiser had broken down just off the Barrow Port Entrance. The Barrow Inshore Lifeboat “Vision of Tamworth” was launched at 12-08pm with Andy Baxter at the helm. The lifeboat was on the scene at 12-16pm and with a line attached began to take the casualty vessel, which had four people on board, under tow. At 12-50pm the stricken vessel was safely back on a mooring north of Jubilee Bridge.
The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station at Roa Island at 1-10pm where it was cleaned and made ready for the next launch.
The wind at the time was west north-westerly, Force 3, and high tide was at 10-54am with a height of 8.4 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.