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St Bees RNLI in midnight rescue.

Lifeboats News Release

Just before midnight on Wednesday 21 July our volunteers were requested to go to the aid of a 30 foot boat with engine failure.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

The volunteers at St Bees were requested by Belfast Coastguard to launch in order to assess the situation after a leisure craft had broken down about one mile south of Whitehaven.

As it was late at night and a falling tide it was decided the safest thing to do would be to tow the vessel to Whitehaven Harbour. The lifeboat crew quickly secured a tow line to the boat and safely towed the vessel to the nearby harbour where they were met by members of Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team. The lifeboat returned to the station just after 2:00am where it was washed down and made ready for the next service

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