Barrow’s Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist stricken vessel in Walney Channel
Volunteer crew from Barrow’s Lifeboat Station launched their inshore lifeboat this afternoon to go to the aid of a small vessel which had broken down in Walney Channel.
The request to launch came from HM Coastguard in Holyhead at 3-50pm. The information received was that a 14-foot day boat, with two persons on board, had broken down about three-quarters of a mile west of Roa Island. The crew was paged and the Inshore Lifeboat, “Vision of Tamworth”, was launched at 4-00pm with Jonny Long at the helm assisted by crew members Phil Taylor and Shaun Hagan. The lifeboat was quickly on the scene and, having established what the problem was, took the casualty vessel under tow. At 4-45pm the stricken vessel was safely back at the Ferry Pitching, north of Jubilee Bridge.
The lifeboat then returned to the lifeboat station at Roa Island where it was cleaned and made ready for the next launch.
The wind at the time was north-westerly, Force 4-5, and the high tide had been at 12-39pm with a height of 9.1 metres.
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 over 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.