St Bees lifeboat launched to fishing boat.

Lifeboats News Release

At 1:36 pm on Wednesday 2 October St Bees RNLI were requested to launch to a small leisure craft.

St Bees lifeboat towing the fishing boat into the Harbour.

Whitehaven Coastguard rescue team

Towing into Whitehaven Harbour.

St Bees RNLI volunteers were requested by Belfast Coastguard to launch immediately to a fishing boat somewhere between Whitehaven Harbour and St Bees. The vessel had contacted the coastguard saying they had a problem near St Bees Head. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched and quickly located the vessel and in calm conditions attached a towline. The fishing boat was then successfully towed to Whitehaven Harbour.

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