Barrow-inshore-lifeboat-attends-report-of-young-person-in-the-water

Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station today responded to an emergency request from Holyhead Coastguard to attend Walney Channel in the area of Jubilee Bridge where a young person was reported as being in the sea.
Page Content: The crew were paged
directly by the Coastguard at 7-58am and the lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ was
launched in seven minutes, at 8-05am, crewed by Deputy Second Coxswain Dave
Kell and Paul Wilcock.

 

Weather conditions
at the time were poor with a Force 6 wind from the northwest pushing in the
same direction as the outgoing tide effectively increasing the size of the
waves which were beating against the bow of the lifeboat.

 

Frequent rain
squalls and heavy spray made visibility difficult, but nevertheless after a two
mile journey, the lifeboat was within 200 yards of the shipyard slipways when a
message was received to say that a 12 year old boy had managed to scramble
ashore, was safe and well, and was being assisted by police and ambulance
crews.

 

On the return
journey the lifeboat was operating right at the top end of its limits as the
wind was by then gusting to Force 8 with 35 knots of wind. The vessel was
washed off and rehoused by 8-25am.

 

John Falvey, Barrow
lifeboat spokesman said, “We don’t know how the 12 year old lad came to be in
the water, but he was extremely lucky to have survived given the temperature of
the water and the weather conditions that were prevailing at the time, the
outgoing tide would have been sweeping him towards Roa Island and luckily the
north westerly wind will have pushed him over to the edge of the channel where
he managed to struggle ashore.”

Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station today responded to an emergency request from Holyhead Coastguard to attend Walney Channel in the area of Jubilee Bridge where a young person was reported as being in the sea.
Page Content: The crew were paged directly by the Coastguard at 7-58am and the lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ was launched in seven minutes, at 8-05am, crewed by Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Kell and Paul Wilcock.   Weather conditions at the time were poor with a Force 6 wind from the northwest pushing in the same direction as the outgoing tide effectively increasing the size of the waves which were beating against the bow of the lifeboat.   Frequent rain squalls and heavy spray made visibility difficult, but nevertheless after a two mile journey, the lifeboat was within 200 yards of the shipyard slipways when a message was received to say that a 12 year old boy had managed to scramble ashore, was safe and well, and was being assisted by police and ambulance crews.   On the return journey the lifeboat was operating right at the top end of its limits as the wind was by then gusting to Force 8 with 35 knots of wind. The vessel was washed off and rehoused by 8-25am.   John Falvey, Barrow lifeboat spokesman said, “We don’t know how the 12 year old lad came to be in the water, but he was extremely lucky to have survived given the temperature of the water and the weather conditions that were prevailing at the time, the outgoing tide would have been sweeping him towards Roa Island and luckily the north westerly wind will have pushed him over to the edge of the channel where he managed to struggle ashore.”