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Workington RNLI helps fishing boat in distress

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Workington RNLI were called out to help a fishing boat in distress in the Irish Sea.

Workington RNLI crew on the John F Mortimer alongside the all-weather lifeboat

Workington RNLI

Workington RNLI crew

Workington's all-weather lifeboat was called at around 12.30pm today, May 24, to assist the 13m vessel, which was taking on water around six miles west of Kirkcudbright.

Kirkcudbright RNLI also responded and a Robin Rigg wind farm vessel attended to support the operation.

The fishing boat, with one person on board, was towed by Workington RNLI into Maryport harbour and the lifeboat returned to the station at 4.40pm.

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