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Barrow Lifeboat Called to Assist Stricken Yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI’s volunteer crew from Barrow Lifeboat Station launched their all-weather lifeboat this afternoon to assist a yacht heading to Fleetwood.

Barrow RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat 'Grace Dixon'

RNLI/Chris Clouter

Barrow RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat 'Grace Dixon'

The call for assistance came through from the Coastguard at 3-52pm with a request to go to the aid of a 40-foot (12 metre) yacht which had got into difficulty 6 miles west of Haverigg.

The crew was paged and the all-weather lifeboat, ‘Grace Dixon’, was launched at 4-15pm under the command of Coxswain, Shaun Charnley and five crew. The lifeboat reached the scene at 5-00pm and took over from the windfarm crew transfer vessel, ‘Rix Panther’, which had also gone to assist.

The crew of two on the yacht had to cut their anchor free in order continue their passage and, as a precaution, the lifeboat escorted them for the remainder of their voyage.

Both vessels arrived at Fleetwood at 8-26pm and with the yacht safe, the lifeboat proceeded back to Barrow where it arrived at 9-10pm.

The ‘Grace Dixon’ was rehoused by the waiting shore crew and made ready for the next call-out.

The weather at the time of the incident was fine and the wind was easterly, Force 5 with a 2-metre swell. The high tide was at 9-27pm with a predicted height of 7.9 metres.

Escorting Yacht to Fleetwood

RNLI/Chris Clouter

Escorting Yacht to Fleetwood

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