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St Bees RNLI launch to a small fishing boat drifting close to St Bees Head

St Bees RNLI escorting the fishing boat

[S]t Bees RNLI were requested to go to the aid of a small fishing boat adrift near Saltom Bay just south of Whitehaven.

At 3:50pm on Sunday 23 July the volunteer crew at St Bees RNLI were requested by UK Coastguard to go to the aid of a small fishing boat that had run out of fuel.

The RNLI lifeboat made its way round St Bees Head where they quickly located the vessel.

St Bees RNLI refuelling the fishing boat

One of the St Bees volunteers then went on board, refuelled the fishing boat and re-started it. Unsure if this was just a fuel problem the lifeboat crew decided the safest course of action would be to escort the fishing boat back to where they had begun their journey. Members of Whitehaven Coastguard rescue Team met the fishing boat and crew on the shore. With the boat and crew now safely ashore St Bees lifeboat returned back to their station.

Dick Beddows St Bees Lifeboat Operations Manager said ‘we are glad everyone got home safely. On this occasion the sea was calm but the weather can change very quickly. If you do go out in a small fishing boat or pleasure craft please make sure you have enough fuel for the trip, a means of communication (preferably a VHF radio) and always wear a life jacket’.

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