Barrow Lifeboat tasked to assist fishing vessel
Volunteer crew from Barrow’s Lifeboat Station launched their inshore lifeboat this evening to go to the aid of a fishing vessel with engine trouble.
The call for assistance came from the regional HM Coastguard base in Holyhead at 7-00pm this evening. The information received was that a 23-foot (7-metre) fishing vessel was in difficulty after experiencing engine trouble. The location of the casualty was to the east of Piel Island.
The crew was paged and the inshore lifeboat, ‘Vision of Tamworth’, was launched at 7-15pm with Jonny Long at the helm assisted by Saul Tomlin and Adam Cleasby. The lifeboat was quickly at the scene, but the skipper of the fishing vessel had managed to re-start his engine and was making his way back to his mooring north of Jubilee Bridge. The lifeboat escorted the vessel for a while and once the skipper was happy to proceed alone, the lifeboat was stood down.
The lifeboat returned to the boathouse at 7-45pm where it was washed down and prepared for the next launch.
The weather at the time of the incident was cloudy with good visibility. The wind was north-easterly, Force 4, and low water had just passed at 7-07pm.
With very high spring tides this weekend, the RNLI issued a reminder for those intending to go to the coast on Sunday to take extra care and be aware of the potential to be cut off by the incoming tide. The high tide on Sunday afternoon in Barrow is due at 1-07pm with a predicted height of 10.0 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.