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St Bees RNLI tow in stricken fishing boat and assist with beach emergency

At 7:30pm on Saturday 30 May the volunteers at St Bees RNLI were requested by Belfast Coastguard to go to the aid of a 20 foot fishing boat with mechanical failure.

The volunteers at St Bees RNLI were paged early on Saturday evening to go to the aid of a small fishing boat broken down about one mile from Whitehaven Harbour with two adults and a child on board. The boat was making its way south to a new berth outside of Cumbria.

The volunteer crew quickly located the vessel and attached a towline. The boat was then taken into the harbour and met by members of the Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team.

The lifeboat then returned to the station and was washed down and made ready for the next call out.

As the crew were being debriefed a member of the public informed them that an adult male had fallen and injured himself by the play area.

The volunteers using their casualty care training and wearing the required PPE to protect themselves and the public from Covid 19 quickly established that the casualty would require hospital treatment for a suspected broken leg. The RNLI crew remained with the casualty until the ambulance arrived.

Dick Beddows St Bees Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “If undertaking a sea passage please make sure you have checked the vessel is mechanically sound and sea worthy, all the crew have lifejackets and you have the means of communication and navigation, other than a mobile phone.”

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