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Byline: The volunteer crewmen from Barrow lifeboat station were requested to launch their lifeboats twice in the same hour this afternoon, Saturday 12th July 2014.
Page Content: The first call came in at 1-30pm when Liverpool Coastguard requested life…

Byline: The volunteer crewmen from Barrow lifeboat station were requested to launch their lifeboats twice in the same hour this afternoon, Saturday 12th July 2014.
Page Content: The first call came in at 1-30pm when Liverpool Coastguard requested lifeboat assistance to attend a 35 foot yacht with a disabled engine, which was at Half Way Buoy in Walney Channel on the south end of Walney Island, 3 miles south west of the lifeboat station. The Operations Manager, Dave Green, alerted the crew of the all weather Tamar class lifeboat to attend by pager.

However, a short time later a passing commercial vessel who had been monitoring the radio messages between the yacht and the Coastguard, went alongside the yacht and took it under tow to the safety of Barrow. The lifeboat launch was cancelled as the crew arrived at the station.

The second call was received at 2-25pm from Liverpool Coastguard, less than an hour after the first. The message stated that a 17 foot speedboat had run aground on a sand bank adjacent to Walney Channel between Roa and Piel Islands. This time the crew of the inshore lifeboat were alerted and launched at 2-35pm, very quickly arriving at the scene which could be seen from the lifeboat station. The crew of the lifeboat found that there was insufficient water on the fast ebbing tide to refloat the casualty vessel, so they laid out a sea anchor and took the three persons off the vessel returning them to their launching point at Ferry Pitching on Walney Island. Advice was given by the lifeboat crew to the casualties as to how best to deal with the refloating of their boat on the next flood tide and what time to do it.

The lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for the next incident by
3-20pm.