St Bees RNLI launch to motor vessel in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

St Bees RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were called to a motor vessel in difficulty at 3:46pm Monday 11 July 2022.

RNLI/Joseph Raymond

St Bees RNLI tow casualty vessel

On a sunny afternoon, St Bees RNLI were tasked by HM Coastguard to assess a vessel stricken with engine failure half a mile from St Bees Head.

The vessel was en-route from Barrow to the Port of Workington when it broke down. The lifeboat was promptly launched and the volunteer crew quickly located the casualty vessel. The helm assessed the situation and concluded the best course of action was to tow the vessel to the nearest safe habour. A tow line was then established and the vessel was escorted to Whitehaven.

Upon reaching Whitehaven, it became clear that entry to the harbour would not be possible due to insufficient water at low tide. The decision was then made to instead tow the vessel to Workington Harbour further up the coast. On arrival the crew were met by the local Coastguard and the casualty vessel was safely placed on a mooring.

Dick Beddows, Lifeboat Operations Manager at St Bees RNLI, says ‘The crew of the vessel did the right thing and called for assistance as soon as they got into difficulty. When heading out to sea, always carry a means of communication and wear a lifejacket.’



Notes to editors

● St Bees lifeboat station has been operating since 1970. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to http://www.rnli.org.uk/StBees

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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