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Barrow RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist emergency crews in Walney Channel

Vision of Tamworth (Barrow RNLI)
Vision of Tamworth (Barrow RNLI)

Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched their inshore lifeboat early this morning, Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 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 4:50am this morning. The information received was that a person was threatening to do herself harm near Jubilee Bridge, and a lifeboat was required to stand by in case that person should enter the water.

The inshore lifeboat crew were paged and the Vision of Tamworth was launched at 5:10am with Jonny Long at the helm, assisted by Adam Cleasby. A further twelve crew members responded to the call-out and attended the Lifeboat station in case they were needed.

At the time of the launch the tide had another hour to run before high water which was expected at 6-10am with a height of 6.8 metres. Despite the easterly Force 5 wind the sea slight was slight, but it was sleeting heavily.

The Vision of Tamworth was on the scene some 10 minutes after launching and was requested to maintain a position near Jubilee Bridge. In addition to the Barrow Lifeboat, Cumbria Police, Furness and Millom Coastguard, 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 6:25am where it was made ready for the next launch by 7am.

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