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Barrow Lifeboat Called to Assist Yacht North-West of Walney Island

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from Barrow’s Lifeboat Station launched their all-weather lifeboat this afternoon to go to the aid of a ketch which had suffered engine failure.

Ketch under tow

RNLI/Chris Clouter

Ketch under tow

The call for assistance came from the regional HM Coastguard base in Holyhead at 4-55pm with a request to launch to a 32-foot (9.75 metres) ketch, with three people on board, located some 15 miles north west of Walney Island.

The crew was paged and the all-weather lifeboat, ‘Grace Dixon’, was launched at 5-04pm under the command of Coxswain, Shaun Charnley, assisted by six crew. The passage to the scene took just over an hour and after the situation was assessed, it was decided to take the casualty vessel under tow. It took around two and a half hours to tow the vessel to Barrow where it was placed on a mooring at Roa Island.

With the vessel and crew safe, the lifeboat returned to the boathouse at 9-00pm where it was washed down and prepared for the next launch.

The weather at the time of the incident was fine and clear. The wind was west north-westerly, Force 3-4, and the high tide was at 9-35pm with a predicted height of 7.8 metres.

All-Weather Lifeboat 'Grace Dixon'

RNLI/Chris Clouter

All-Weather Lifeboat 'Grace Dixon'

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