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Workington RNLI help rowing boat in distress

Lifeboats News Release

Workington RNLI was called out to a rowing boat in distress off the west coast last night.

The white specially made rowing boat in Maryport harbour at night

Workington RNLI

The specially made rowing boat

The two-man crew were out in the Irish Sea trialling the specially-made seven metre boat for a forthcoming Atlantic crossing challenge, when they became aware of issues with the rudder. It had become stuck and the crew called the Coastguard for assistance.

Workington RNLI's volunteer crew launched the all-weather lifeboat Dorothy May White at 11.25pm on August 17.
The rowing boat was two miles off the coast of Workington and the crew towed it back to harbour.

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