Barrow Lifeboat called to Piel Island
Barrow Lifeboat Station’s volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat this morning to go to the assistance of a resident on Piel Island.
The call for assistance came from the HM Coastguard base in Holyhead, at 8-37am this morning. The information received was that an elderly resident of Piel Island was unwell and required medical assistance.
The crew was paged and the inshore lifeboat, ‘Vision of Tamworth’, was launched at 8-55am with Dave Kell at the helm, assisted by Paul Wilcock and Phil Taylor. Two paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service were picked up by the lifeboat from the Roa Island jetty and were taken across to Piel Island. The casualty underwent a thorough assessment by the paramedics following which it was determined that no further treatment was required.
The lifeboat returned to the boathouse at 9-45am where it was washed down and made ready for the next launch.
The weather at the time of the incident was clear and sunny. The wind was from the north-east, Force 3-4 and the high tide was at 6-57am with a 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.