Byline: Volunteer crewmen of the RNLI’s Barrow station today, Monday 28th July 2014, launched their all weather Tamar class lifeboat to go to the assistance of a day fishing boat with a disabled engine
Page Content: The request to launch came from Liverpool Coastguard at 3-44pm following a message from the two man crew of an 18 foot day fishing boat who were unable to start their engine due to a flat battery. The location given was in the Irish Sea to the west of Walney Island, 3.5 miles south west of the lifeboat station. The two man crew were uninjured and wearing lifejackets and they had utilised a sea anchor. High water had been at 1-17pm with a height of 8.6metres.

The Tamar class lifeboat launched at 4-05pm manned by five crew under the command of Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Kell, whilst a Furness Coastguard team kept watch on the disabled vessel from shore.

On arrival at the scene the casualties explained that they were unable to start their engine due to a flat battery, so the vessel was taken under tow back to the lifeboat station. When they neared Piel Island, the Barrow inshore lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ manned by Kate Lawty, Adam Cleasby and Andy Baxter took over the tow and moored the vessel alongside the station slipway. After examination the engine of the casualty vessel was started with the aid of jump leads and the crew were allowed to continue on their way home to Morecambe.

Both lifeboats were recovered and made ready for the next service by 6-30pm


Byline: Shortly before 5pm on Sunday, 27th July 2014, HM Coastguard requested the launch of Criccieth’s RNLI lifeboat to assist a speedboat suffering from engine failure between Penychain Head and Criccieth.
Page Content: ​It was reported that a small privately owned boat was on scene, but unable to assist the casualty vessel.  The station’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan, was promptly launched and found the stricken vessel due west of the Dwyfor estuary.  A tow was established and two persons bought aboard the lifeboat, leaving the other two on-board the casualty vessel.

The lifeboat towed the speedboat to Pwllheli Marina, arriving shortly after 6pm.  The rescued people and speedboat were placed ashore on the launching slipway.
This represented the station’s 15th rescue of 2014.  In total, 28 people have been rescued and one life saved, by the station’s volunteer lifeboat crew this year.
For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn 07554445316


Byline: The volunteer crews of both the All-weather lifeboat and Inshore lifeboat have had a varied and busy time this week
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The callouts started on Tuesday 22 July with one for a kitesurfer off Towyn for the inshore boat, and a dayboat with 3 people and a dog towed in by the All-weather boat.

On Wednesday 23rd, there were 2 calls for the inshore boat to swimmers in difficulties and inflatables getting blown out to sea.

On Friday 25th, the inshore boat was again called out to an inflatable and 9 people cut off by the incoming tide. The adults were carrying the children in their arms when the lifeboat arrived to ferry them the 200m back to shore.

On Saturday 26th, the inshore lifeboat was again busy with 3 calls to swimmers in difficulty, persons stuck on rocks, and to personal water craft (Jetskis) getting too close to swimmers.

On Sunday 27th, the inshore lifeboat had 2 calls for missing children and a boat in the harbour with engine trouble, and the all-weather lifeboat was called 8 miles out to transfer an unwell worker from the offshore platforms in the windfarm.

Paul Frost, acting Coxswain says ” We have had a very busy time and also have been pleased to see our promenade being utilised to the full with the weekend’s Beach Fest. This has been hugely popular for the first time at Rhyl, and has proved what a valuable asset the beach and promenade are to the town. The volunteer crew of Rhyl RNLI were pleased to be a part of the weekend and hope this is the first of many such events. “