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Byline: Volunteer crewman from Barrows RNLI station launched their inshore lifeboat at 1-18am today, Saturday 27th September 2014, following reports that a male had entered the water in the area of Ferry Pitching and was drifting away on the tide.
Page Content: The initial report had come at 1-07am from Liverpool Coastguard who requested the Barrow lifeboat attend the Ferry area of Walney Channel in response to the report. Members of NW Ambulance Service were standing by at the scene whilst officers from Cumbra Police, Furness Coastguard and Duddon Inshore Rescue searched  the area for the male.

The Barrow Inshore lifeboat launched, manned by Andy Baxter and Paul Wilcock under the command of Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Kell, and quickly made its way to the scene which was three miles north of station, arriving at 1-30am.  The crew fired a white parachute flare to illuminate the scene whilst the search continued.

The weather was fine with a slight breeze, but the main danger for a person in the water was the temperature and the power of the large spring tide of 9.1 metres which was expected to peak at 1-35am.

It was then, whilst the search was ongoing, that a report came in that a second person had entered the water near to Mill Lane junction. At this point of Walney Channel, once the tide had turned, the ebb tide would have taken a swimmer out to the north and into the Duddon Estuary. The decision was then taken to launch the all weather Tamar class lifeboat from the RNLI station at Roa Island. Due to the state of the tide and the water restriction in the Northern reaches of Walney Channel, this vessel manned by six crew, under command of 2nd Coxswain Jonny Long, had to attend the scene via the south and west coast of Walney Island to get to the mouth of the Duddon.

At 1-42am a person was recovered from the water at Mill Lane and attended by ambulance personnel, but because of the report of a second person in the water the search continued.

The all weather lifeboat launched at 1-50am and had reached Walney airfield on the west side of Walney by 2-18am,when it was confirmed that the person recovered from the channel was the only person to have entered the water. All emergency services were then stood down and the lifeboats returned to station, where they were prepared for the next emergency by 3-40am.

John Falvey, Barrow Lifeboat spokesman said, “I don’t know why the man entered the water, but he was very lucky not to have succumbed to the cold water and strength of the tide.”

Byline: Volunteer crewman from Barrows RNLI station launched their inshore lifeboat at 1-18am today, Saturday 27th September 2014, following reports that a male had entered the water in the area of Ferry Pitching and was drifting away on the tide.
Page Content: The initial report had come at 1-07am from Liverpool Coastguard who requested the Barrow lifeboat attend the Ferry area of Walney Channel in response to the report. Members of NW Ambulance Service were standing by at the scene whilst officers from Cumbra Police, Furness Coastguard and Duddon Inshore Rescue searched  the area for the male.

The Barrow Inshore lifeboat launched, manned by Andy Baxter and Paul Wilcock under the command of Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Kell, and quickly made its way to the scene which was three miles north of station, arriving at 1-30am.  The crew fired a white parachute flare to illuminate the scene whilst the search continued.

The weather was fine with a slight breeze, but the main danger for a person in the water was the temperature and the power of the large spring tide of 9.1 metres which was expected to peak at 1-35am.

It was then, whilst the search was ongoing, that a report came in that a second person had entered the water near to Mill Lane junction. At this point of Walney Channel, once the tide had turned, the ebb tide would have taken a swimmer out to the north and into the Duddon Estuary. The decision was then taken to launch the all weather Tamar class lifeboat from the RNLI station at Roa Island. Due to the state of the tide and the water restriction in the Northern reaches of Walney Channel, this vessel manned by six crew, under command of 2nd Coxswain Jonny Long, had to attend the scene via the south and west coast of Walney Island to get to the mouth of the Duddon.

At 1-42am a person was recovered from the water at Mill Lane and attended by ambulance personnel, but because of the report of a second person in the water the search continued.

The all weather lifeboat launched at 1-50am and had reached Walney airfield on the west side of Walney by 2-18am,when it was confirmed that the person recovered from the channel was the only person to have entered the water. All emergency services were then stood down and the lifeboats returned to station, where they were prepared for the next emergency by 3-40am.

John Falvey, Barrow Lifeboat spokesman said, “I don’t know why the man entered the water, but he was very lucky not to have succumbed to the cold water and strength of the tide.”