Barrow-lifeboats-launch-to-report-of-a-capsized-boat-off-Walney-Island

Byline: Volunteers from the RNLI’s Barrow station today, Sunday 22nd June 2014, launched both the all weather and inshore lifeboats to attend the report of an upturned boat floating in the Irish Sea, west of Walney Island.
Page Content: The report was received from Liverpool Coastguard to the effect that a man near to South Walney Caravan Park had seen a vessel floating about one mile west of Walney Island in what looked like a capsized condition. Both lifeboat crews were paged at 12-35pm

The inshore lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ was launched at12-48pm and manned by Andy Baxter and Adam Cleasby and at 12-55pm she was followed by the all weather lifeboat ‘Frank and Ann Wilkinson’ with six crew under the command of Dave Kell.
Both boats made good time to the scene of the incident and arrived at 1-10pm.

Once on scene the inshore lifeboat came across a 25 foot cabin cruiser and its crew, and it was confirmed that this was the vessel which was thought to be in difficulty. After speaking to the occupants of the casualty vessel, the lifeboat reported that all was well as they were divers and the craft was at anchor.

The lifeboats were stood down and returned to station where both lifeboats were made ready for the next call out by 2pm.

Deputy 2nd Coxswain Dave Kell said “The men were divers and the witness must have thought that they were in trouble when in fact they were not. It was a false alarm with good intent, but we are grateful to him that he did call the Coastguard and report it. We would encourage everyone to report incidents such as these, it is much better to be safe than sorry.”

Byline: Volunteers from the RNLI’s Barrow station today, Sunday 22nd June 2014, launched both the all weather and inshore lifeboats to attend the report of an upturned boat floating in the Irish Sea, west of Walney Island.
Page Content: The report was received from Liverpool Coastguard to the effect that a man near to South Walney Caravan Park had seen a vessel floating about one mile west of Walney Island in what looked like a capsized condition. Both lifeboat crews were paged at 12-35pm

The inshore lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ was launched at12-48pm and manned by Andy Baxter and Adam Cleasby and at 12-55pm she was followed by the all weather lifeboat ‘Frank and Ann Wilkinson’ with six crew under the command of Dave Kell.
Both boats made good time to the scene of the incident and arrived at 1-10pm.

Once on scene the inshore lifeboat came across a 25 foot cabin cruiser and its crew, and it was confirmed that this was the vessel which was thought to be in difficulty. After speaking to the occupants of the casualty vessel, the lifeboat reported that all was well as they were divers and the craft was at anchor.

The lifeboats were stood down and returned to station where both lifeboats were made ready for the next call out by 2pm.

Deputy 2nd Coxswain Dave Kell said “The men were divers and the witness must have thought that they were in trouble when in fact they were not. It was a false alarm with good intent, but we are grateful to him that he did call the Coastguard and report it. We would encourage everyone to report incidents such as these, it is much better to be safe than sorry.”