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Barrow 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 motor cruiser which had broken down in Walney Channel.


The request to launch came from HM Coastguard in Holyhead shortly before midday. The information received was that a 29-foot motor cruiser had broken down just off the Barrow Port Entrance.


The Barrow Inshore Lifeboat “Vision of Tamworth” was launched at 12-08pm with Andy Baxter at the helm. The lifeboat was on the scene at 12-16pm and with a line attached began to take the casualty vessel, which had four people on board, under tow. At 12-50pm the stricken vessel was safely back on a mooring north of Jubilee Bridge.


The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station at Roa Island at 1-10pm where it was cleaned and made ready for the next launch.


The wind at the time was west north-westerly, Force 3, and high tide was at 10-54am with a height of 8.4 metres.

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