St Bees RNLI tow in fishing boat and assist with beach emergency

Lifeboats News Release

At 730pm on Saturday last, 30 May, the volunteers at St Bees RNLI were requested by Belfast Coastguard to go to the aid of a 20ft fishing boat with mechanical failure.

St Bees volunteers toeing the fishing boat

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Fishing boat in tow

The volunteers at St Bees RNLI were paged early on Saturday evening to go to the aid of a small fishing boat broken down about one mile from Whitehaven Harbour with two adults and a child on board. The boat was making its way south to a new berth outside of Cumbria.

The volunteer crew quickly located the vessel and attached a tow line. The boat was then taken into the harbour and met by members of the Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team.

The lifeboat then returned to the station and was washed down and made ready for the next call out.

As the crew were being debriefed a member of the public informed them that a man had fallen and injured himself by the play area. The volunteers using their casualty care training and wearing the required PPE to protect themselves and the public from Covid-19 quickly established that the casualty would require hospital treatment for a suspected broken leg. The RNLI crew remained with the casualty until the ambulance arrived.

Dick Beddows, St Bees RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘If undertaking a sea passage please make sure you have checked the vessel is mechanically sound and sea worthy, ensure all the crew have lifejackets and that you have the means of communication and navigation, other than a mobile phone’.


St Bees volunteers heading to the fishing boat.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Heading to the fishing boat

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