Barrow Lifeboat and Furness Coastguard crews rescue three people from sinking boat
Furness Coastguard and Barrow Lifeboat Station’s volunteer crew launched their rescue vehicles this afternoon to go to the aid of a speedboat which had broken down off Piel Island.
The call for assistance came from the HM Coastguard base in Holyhead, just before 3-00 pm this afternoon. The information received was that a small speedboat, with three people on board, had broken down approximately 0.8 miles west of Piel Island. It was also reported that the boat was taking on water.
The lifeboat crew was paged and the inshore lifeboat, ‘Vision of Tamworth’, was launched at 3-08 pm with Ben Jackson at the helm, assisted by Adam Cleasby and Phil Taylor. The lifeboat was at the scene within a few minutes and due to the rough sea conditions the three people on board the stricken boat, who were all wearing life jackets, had become extremely wet. They were transferred to the ‘Vision of Tamworth’ and taken back to the lifeboat station where their condition was assessed by waiting paramedics. In the meantime, the lifeboat returned to the speedboat and took it under tow back to Roa Island.
With the casualty vessel and crew safe, the lifeboat returned to the boathouse at 4-00 pm where it was washed down and made ready for the next launch.
A Furness Coastguard spokesperson said: "With restrictions being lifted nationally and boats not being used as much as they normally would, we are urging all boat owners to check the condition of their boats and safety equipment and ensure they are in good condition before heading out on the water.
"As can be seen in the pictures, this boat was not in a seaworthy condition.
"A very positive outcome to what could easily have been a very serious incident."
The weather at the time of the incident was fine and clear. The wind was from the north-west, Force 6 – 7, and the high tide was at 3-54 pm with a height of 8.0 metres.