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Barrow Lifeboat launched to assist stricken vessel in Walney Channel

ILB Vision of Tamworth

The 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.

Barrow RNLI spokesman, Chris Clouter said: “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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