Barrow Lifeboat tasked to assist drifting yacht
Volunteer crew from Barrow’s Lifeboat Station launched their inshore lifeboat this morning to go to the aid of a small yacht which was drifting in Walney Channel.
The call for assistance came from the regional HM Coastguard base in Holyhead at 10-30am. The information received was that an 18-foot (5.5-metre) fishing vessel had been observed from the shore and was seen to be drifting in Walney Channel, north of Jubilee Bridge.
The crew was paged and the inshore lifeboat, ‘Vision of Tamworth’, was launched at 10-45am with Ben Jackson at the helm assisted by Adam Cleasby and Paul Wilcock. In calm conditions, the lifeboat was quickly on the scene having been directed by the Furness Coastguard unit to the location of the yacht. The stricken vessel, which was unmanned, was taken under tow and a short time later was secured to a mooring close to the Ferry pitching.
The lifeboat returned to the boathouse at midday where it was washed down and prepared for the next launch.
The weather at the time of the incident was fine with good visibility. The wind was westerly, Force 2 - 3, and high water was at 11.29am with a predicted height of 8.8 metres.
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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.