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Barrow RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist emergency crews off the Furness coast

Vision of Tamworth
Vision of Tamworth

[T]he volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched their inshore lifeboat this evening to assist the emergency services who were attending an incident on the east side of Walney Channel near the Dock Museum.

The request to launch the Lifeboat came from HM Coastguard at Holyhead at 6:16pm this evening.

A spokesman for Barrow RNLI said: “The information received was that a despondent female was on the shoreline north of Jubilee Bridge, near the Dock Museum, and that she required assistance to bring her to safety.

“The inshore lifeboat crew were paged and the Vision of Tamworth was launched at 6-22pm with Ben Jackson at the helm, assisted by two crew. A further 9 crew members responded to the call-out and attended the Lifeboat station in case they were needed.

“The Vision of Tamworth was on the scene some 10 minutes after launching and was requested to maintain its position just north of Jubilee Bridge. In addition to the Barrow Lifeboat, Cumbria Police, Furness Coastguard, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, and North West Ambulance Service were also in attendance.

“A short time later, it was established that the Police were in communication with the female and at 6-59pm Holyhead Coastguard informed the lifeboat crew that they could stand down as the incident would be resolved by the shore-based services.

“The weather during the incident was cloudy, visibility was fair and low water was due at 8:53pm.”

The lifeboat returned to the boathouse at 7-14pm where it was made ready for the next launch.

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