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Barrow RNLI Lifeboat launch to reports of person in Walney Channel

Vision of Tamworth
Vision of Tamworth

[T]he volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched their inshore lifeboat early this morning to assist the emergency services who were attending an incident near Jubilee Bridge.

The request to launch the Lifeboat came from HM Coastguard at Holyhead at 12:07am this morning.

The information received was that a person was in the water in Walney Channel close to Jubilee Bridge.

The inshore lifeboat crew were paged and the Vision of Tamworth was launched at 12:23am with Jonny Long at the helm, assisted by Adam Cleasby and Matthew Tippins. A number of other 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 a position just south 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 person had not entered the water and was taken to safety by the police. The lifeboat crew were then advised that they could stand down as the incident would be resolved by the shore-based services.

The lifeboat returned to the boathouse at 1:15am where it was made ready for the next launch.

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