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Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched both lifeboats at
Page Content: Liverpool Coastguard requested lifeboat assistance at 1-12am when the crew of a yacht which was moored in Piel Bight, near Barrow, saw two males fall from a dinghy into the sea. They managed to grab one man and haul him aboard, but the second male was swept away by the incoming spring tide.

The inshore lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ was launched at 1-20am and the all weather boat ‘Grace Dixon ‘ a few minutes later. The sea was calm with no wind, but high water of the 9.6 metre tide wasn’t expected until 2-42am. The inshore boat searched the channel nearest to Roa Island and the all weather boat headed up the channel towards Barrow Port, using her searchlights and high viewing position to search the sea surface.

At 1-40am the crew of Grace Dixon located and recovered the second man from the sea in the area of Barrow Docks, over 2 miles from where he went into the water. An ambulance crew had already been requested to attend the lifeboat station, to assist the first casualty who had by then been transported from Piel to the station by the inshore boat. Both men, who were from the Blackpool area, were suffering from shock and the effects of cold and were being treated by the lifeboat crews, who handed them over to the ambulance. They were then taken to Furness General Hospital for further assessment.

Both lifeboats were washed and rehoused by 2-25am.

Coxswain Shaun Charnley said, “These were very lucky men, thankfully both were wearing lifejackets. The crew of the yacht Boadicea did well to recover the first casualty and we launched quickly and found the second one over two miles away. If no-one had seen them enter the water it would have been a different outcome. We all feel pretty elated now having successfully got him out of the sea and given him instant treatment for shock and cold.”

Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched both lifeboats at
Page Content: Liverpool Coastguard requested lifeboat assistance at 1-12am when the crew of a yacht which was moored in Piel Bight, near Barrow, saw two males fall from a dinghy into the sea. They managed to grab one man and haul him aboard, but the second male was swept away by the incoming spring tide.

The inshore lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ was launched at 1-20am and the all weather boat ‘Grace Dixon ‘ a few minutes later. The sea was calm with no wind, but high water of the 9.6 metre tide wasn’t expected until 2-42am. The inshore boat searched the channel nearest to Roa Island and the all weather boat headed up the channel towards Barrow Port, using her searchlights and high viewing position to search the sea surface.

At 1-40am the crew of Grace Dixon located and recovered the second man from the sea in the area of Barrow Docks, over 2 miles from where he went into the water. An ambulance crew had already been requested to attend the lifeboat station, to assist the first casualty who had by then been transported from Piel to the station by the inshore boat. Both men, who were from the Blackpool area, were suffering from shock and the effects of cold and were being treated by the lifeboat crews, who handed them over to the ambulance. They were then taken to Furness General Hospital for further assessment.

Both lifeboats were washed and rehoused by 2-25am.

Coxswain Shaun Charnley said, “These were very lucky men, thankfully both were wearing lifejackets. The crew of the yacht Boadicea did well to recover the first casualty and we launched quickly and found the second one over two miles away. If no-one had seen them enter the water it would have been a different outcome. We all feel pretty elated now having successfully got him out of the sea and given him instant treatment for shock and cold.”