Barrow RNLI Lifeboat Called to Piel Island

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow Lifeboat Station launched their inshore lifeboat early this morning to assist a man who was experiencing a medical emergency on Piel Island.

Barrow ILB 'Vision of Tamworth'

RNLI/Chris Clouter

Barrow ILB 'Vision of Tamworth'

The call for assistance was received from the regional HM Coastguard base in Holyhead just after midnight. The Coastguard requested that the lifeboat be launched and transport the casualty back to Roa Island and the waiting Ambulance crew.

The crew was paged and the Barrow inshore lifeboat, ‘Vision of Tamworth’, was launched at 0-30am with Andy Baxter at the helm assisted by Adam Cleasby and Sean Hagan.

The lifeboat made the short crossing to Piel Island where the casualty was assessed and then helped aboard the lifeboat by the crew. Within a few minutes, the lifeboat was able to return to the lifeboat station and the casualty was then handed over safely to the care of the North West Ambulance Service.

The lifeboat was rehoused at 1-00am after being washed down and made ready for the next launch.

The weather at the time of the incident was clear with good visibility and the wind was south-westerly, Force 4. The high tide occurred at 0-35am with a predicted height of 8.8 metres.

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