Aug 29

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Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched the inshore lifeboat
Page Content: Liverpool Coastguard alerted the lifeboat at 7-40pm and she was launched by
7-45pm ,with crew of Matthew Tippins and Phil Taylor, commanded by Helmsman Ben Jackson. The weather was fine and dry and the tide was ebbing having been a high water of 7 metres at 6-24pm.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 7-55pm and found there to be partner agencies of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, Cumbria Police and Ambulance and Furness Coastguard already present on the scene. A member of the Fire Service climbed over the bridge parapet and slung himself onto the metal underneath the bridge before climbing along to where the stranded male and female were. Both young persons were then lowered down by the fireman to sea level and into the awaiting lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ before being taken to the Ferry Pitching.

The lifeboat resumed at 9pm and was back at station and closed down by 9-30pm

John Falvey, Barrow lifeboat spokesman said,” We attended purely as a safety measure, to stand by, in case either of the young people or the fire officer had slipped and fallen into the water. In the end it was decided that the safest option for the young people was to lower them down into the lifeboat so that we could take them safely to the shore.”

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