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Byline: Volunteer crewmen from the RNLI’s Barrow station today, Tuesday 1st July 2014, launched their relief Tamar class lifeboat to go to the assistance of a broken down day fishing boat
Page Content: Liverpool Coastguard requested lifeboat assistance after a radio message was received from the two man crew of the 26 foot day fishing vessel ‘Kellen Star’ to say that they had suffered a complete engine failure on the south west coast of Walney Island, near to Hilpsford Point, 3 miles south west of station.

The tide was ebbing fast having been high water of 8.4 metres at 3-30pm, and because the boat weighed at least 2 tons it was decided to send the powerful all weather lifeboat to tow the casualty. The lifeboat, with six crew on board under the command  of 2nd Coxswain Jonny Long, launched at 5-14pm.

The crew of the casualty vessel did manage to restart their engine and began to motor slowly towards Barrow, but within a few minutes the engine failed for a second time. The lifeboat reached them within ten minutes and established a tow line. The vessel was taken back to the dock gates where the tow was passed to another vessel and the casualty was placed safely on a mooring.

The lifeboat was then returned to station and rehoused by 6-45pm

Byline: Volunteer crewmen from the RNLI’s Barrow station today, Tuesday 1st July 2014, launched their relief Tamar class lifeboat to go to the assistance of a broken down day fishing boat
Page Content: Liverpool Coastguard requested lifeboat assistance after a radio message was received from the two man crew of the 26 foot day fishing vessel ‘Kellen Star’ to say that they had suffered a complete engine failure on the south west coast of Walney Island, near to Hilpsford Point, 3 miles south west of station.

The tide was ebbing fast having been high water of 8.4 metres at 3-30pm, and because the boat weighed at least 2 tons it was decided to send the powerful all weather lifeboat to tow the casualty. The lifeboat, with six crew on board under the command  of 2nd Coxswain Jonny Long, launched at 5-14pm.

The crew of the casualty vessel did manage to restart their engine and began to motor slowly towards Barrow, but within a few minutes the engine failed for a second time. The lifeboat reached them within ten minutes and established a tow line. The vessel was taken back to the dock gates where the tow was passed to another vessel and the casualty was placed safely on a mooring.

The lifeboat was then returned to station and rehoused by 6-45pm