Aug 25


Byline: Volunteer crewman from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched their all weather lifeboat early this morning, Monday 25th August 2014, to go to the assistance of a disabled yacht in the Irish Sea
Page Content: Information came at 3-10am from Liverpool Coastguard to the effect that a 40 foot yacht with six persons on board had suffered an engine failure in the Irish Sea, 6.5 miles due west of Walney Island. The crew were paged at 3-13am and the lifeboat was launched by 3-27am with seven crew members aboard under the command of Barrow Coxswain, Shaun Charnley.

At the time of the incident the weather was fine and dry with a gentle breeze, the tide was ebbing and low water expected at 6-39am at a height of 1.6 metres.

The lifeboat was at the scene by 3-55am and Coxswain Charnley took the casualty vessel under tow for the return journey to the safety of the casualty mooring at Roa Island. The vessel was safely moored at 6-30am and the six persons were taken off and landed on shore.

The lifeboat was then washed off and re-housed and made ready for the next service by 7-30am.

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