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Byline: Volunteer crewman from the Barrow RNLI station tonight launched their all weather lifeboat to rescue a disabled wind farm maintenance boat and her passengers.
Page Content: At 9-35pm tonight, Thursday 2nd January 2014, Liverpool Coastguard requested the assistance of RNLI’s Barrow lifeboat, to attend the area of Lightning Knoll on the approaches to Barrow Channel, where a wind farm maintenance vessel, ‘MV Attender’, with eight persons on board, had suffered a failure of both engines. The disabled vessel was being assisted by another wind farm vessel which had been unable to make progress whilst towing

At the time the wind was from the south east at 25 knots, with a spring tide high water of 9.9 metres expected at 12-11 am. The wind was forecast to increase dramatically to a storm around midnight..

The Tamar class lifeboat ‘Grace Dixon’, was launched at 9-45pm with crew of Jonny Long, Dave Kell, Andy Baxter, Ben Jackson, Paul Wilcock and Mark Harper under the command of Coxswain Shaun Charnley and made good progress against the increasing wind strength and larger waves until she reached the vessel after a 5 mile journey. The crew quickly established a tow on the disabled 130 ton vessel and began the journey to Barrow Docks, hoping to complete the rescue before the full force of the impending storm arrived.

The disabled vessel was successfully moored at Barrow Docks after two hours and the lifeboat returned to station where she was made ready for the next emergency call.

Barrow Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dave Green, said, “The weather forecast was for a severe gale to come in around midnight giving gusty storm force winds and extremely large waves. We needed to get there quickly and recover the disabled vessel and her passengers to safety before the onset of that atrocious weather and we are very pleased we were able to do so.”

Byline: Volunteer crewman from the Barrow RNLI station tonight launched their all weather lifeboat to rescue a disabled wind farm maintenance boat and her passengers.
Page Content: At 9-35pm tonight, Thursday 2nd January 2014, Liverpool Coastguard requested the assistance of RNLI’s Barrow lifeboat, to attend the area of Lightning Knoll on the approaches to Barrow Channel, where a wind farm maintenance vessel, ‘MV Attender’, with eight persons on board, had suffered a failure of both engines. The disabled vessel was being assisted by another wind farm vessel which had been unable to make progress whilst towing

At the time the wind was from the south east at 25 knots, with a spring tide high water of 9.9 metres expected at 12-11 am. The wind was forecast to increase dramatically to a storm around midnight..

The Tamar class lifeboat ‘Grace Dixon’, was launched at 9-45pm with crew of Jonny Long, Dave Kell, Andy Baxter, Ben Jackson, Paul Wilcock and Mark Harper under the command of Coxswain Shaun Charnley and made good progress against the increasing wind strength and larger waves until she reached the vessel after a 5 mile journey. The crew quickly established a tow on the disabled 130 ton vessel and began the journey to Barrow Docks, hoping to complete the rescue before the full force of the impending storm arrived.

The disabled vessel was successfully moored at Barrow Docks after two hours and the lifeboat returned to station where she was made ready for the next emergency call.

Barrow Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dave Green, said, “The weather forecast was for a severe gale to come in around midnight giving gusty storm force winds and extremely large waves. We needed to get there quickly and recover the disabled vessel and her passengers to safety before the onset of that atrocious weather and we are very pleased we were able to do so.”