Aug 28


Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched the all weather
Page Content: Liverpool Coastguard requested lifeboat assistance after they had received the report of a collision between a 28 foot yacht, ‘Shola’, and a guard boat from the windfarm. It was unknown if there was any damage caused to either vessel, but the yacht skipper, a lone sailor, was believed to be suffering from shock.

The lifeboat was crewed by 2nd Coxswain Jonny Long, Dave Kell, Andy Baxter, Derek Coyle, Chris Moore and John Walker and made good time against the incoming tide en route to the casualty. A further vessel named ‘Windcat 6’, which was in the vicinity, transferred one of her crew aboard the casualty yacht to take command, and took off the yachtsman who was showing signs of illness from shock. She then motored towards the Barrow lifeboat who took over the casualty care. Meanwhile, Liverpool Coastguard had requested the attendance of a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley and on its arrival the casualty was airlifted from the lifeboat onto the aircraft and transferred to Furness General Hospital for assessment.

Deputy 2nd Coxswain Dave Kell was then put aboard the yacht with the crewman from ‘Windcat 6’ and the vessel was sailed to Roa Island where it was assisted to moor up on a casualty mooring by the inshore lifeboat manned by Adam Cleasby and Phil Taylor.

Both lifeboats were washed down and re-housed by 5pm.

John Falvey, Barrow lifeboat spokesman said, “We don’t know what caused the collision but thankfully there was no structural damage to the hull of either vessel which would have allowed water to penetrate. The lone yachtsman was taken off by the skipper of Windcat 6 and his crew after showing signs of shock and they did a great job in getting him back to the lifeboat in a short space of time. The rescue helicopter later took over his care and he was taken to Furness General Hospital where he was assessed and then released.’

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