Barrow Lifeboat Called to incident at Jubilee Bridge
Barrow Lifeboat Station’s volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat this afternoon to assist emergency services who were dealing with an incident at Jubilee Bridge.
The call for assistance came from the regional HM Coastguard base in Holyhead at 1-42pm this afternoon.
The crew was paged and the inshore lifeboat, ‘Vision of Tamworth’, was launched at 1-55pm with Dave Kell at the helm, assisted by Mike Harris and Saul Tomlin. As the lifeboat approached the bridge, some ten minutes later, it was requested by HM Coastguard to maintain a discreet distance from the scene and await further instruction.
At 2-24pm the lifeboat was stood down by HM Coastguard who reported that the incident had been resolved successfully by the emergency services – Cumbria Police, North West Ambulance Service, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service and Furness Coastguard were all in attendance.
As the lifeboat made its way back to the lifeboat station, reports came through that there was concern for a small plane which had landed on sands north of Piel Island on the west side of Walney Channel. The crew of the lifeboat checked on the welfare of those with the plane who stated that they were fine and not in danger.
The lifeboat returned to the boathouse at 2-45pm where it was washed down and made ready for the next launch.
The weather at the time of the incident was fine and clear. The wind was south, south-easterly, Force 3, with low water due at 3-43pm with a height of 2.8 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.