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Byline: Volunteer crew from the Barrow lifeboat station tonight, Saturday 27th September 2014, launched both the all weather and inshore lifeboats following information from Liverpool Coastguard that cries for help ad been heard by fishermen
Page Content: The information was received at 9-50pm from the Coastguard,  to the effect that two fishermen had reported having been placing out long lines on the west side of Walney Island in the area of Biggar Bank when they heard cries for help from the shoreline. It was thought that they may have come from a person in the water.

The inshore lifeboat was launched at 10-02pm manned by three crew with Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Kell in charge, and  the all weather Tamar class lifeboat followed shortly afterwards at 10-05pm with six crew aboard under the command of the Station Coxswain, Shaun Charnley.

The weather was fine and dry with good visibility and no wind. The spring tide was flooding with a high water of 9 metres expected at 1-09am.

The inshore lifeboat arrived at the scene at 10-25pm and the crew made contact with the mobile team of Furness Coastguard who had arrived to commence a shore search of the tideline. The lifeboat fired white parachute flares to illuminate the scene and travelled up and down the shallow waters near the shore. Meanwhile the larger all weather boat used her powerful floodlights to assist in the search and being much higher out of the water than the inshore boat, she was able to obtain a better field of vision and she searched further into the deeper water.

The Millom Coastguard mobile team arrived and joined in the search whilst potential witnesses ashore were spoken to.

Following a thorough search of a wide area of both the sea and the shoreline, no people were found and no further shouts were heard, so Liverpool Coastguard gave the instruction to stand down. Both lifeboats returned to station and were washed down and re-housed by 12-30am.

John Falvey, Barrow lifeboat spokesman said, “With a flooding tide anyone in the water would have been pushed by the tide towards the shore. The lifeboat and coastguard crews carried out a thorough search and nothing was found, so we believe it to have been a false alarm with good intent”.

Byline: Volunteer crew from the Barrow lifeboat station tonight, Saturday 27th September 2014, launched both the all weather and inshore lifeboats following information from Liverpool Coastguard that cries for help ad been heard by fishermen
Page Content: The information was received at 9-50pm from the Coastguard,  to the effect that two fishermen had reported having been placing out long lines on the west side of Walney Island in the area of Biggar Bank when they heard cries for help from the shoreline. It was thought that they may have come from a person in the water.

The inshore lifeboat was launched at 10-02pm manned by three crew with Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Kell in charge, and  the all weather Tamar class lifeboat followed shortly afterwards at 10-05pm with six crew aboard under the command of the Station Coxswain, Shaun Charnley.

The weather was fine and dry with good visibility and no wind. The spring tide was flooding with a high water of 9 metres expected at 1-09am.

The inshore lifeboat arrived at the scene at 10-25pm and the crew made contact with the mobile team of Furness Coastguard who had arrived to commence a shore search of the tideline. The lifeboat fired white parachute flares to illuminate the scene and travelled up and down the shallow waters near the shore. Meanwhile the larger all weather boat used her powerful floodlights to assist in the search and being much higher out of the water than the inshore boat, she was able to obtain a better field of vision and she searched further into the deeper water.

The Millom Coastguard mobile team arrived and joined in the search whilst potential witnesses ashore were spoken to.

Following a thorough search of a wide area of both the sea and the shoreline, no people were found and no further shouts were heard, so Liverpool Coastguard gave the instruction to stand down. Both lifeboats returned to station and were washed down and re-housed by 12-30am.

John Falvey, Barrow lifeboat spokesman said, “With a flooding tide anyone in the water would have been pushed by the tide towards the shore. The lifeboat and coastguard crews carried out a thorough search and nothing was found, so we believe it to have been a false alarm with good intent”.