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Barrow RNLI Lifeboat called to assist search off Walney Island

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched their inshore lifeboat this afternoon, Saturday 19th May 2018, to assist in a search off Biggar Bank at Walney Island.

Barrow ILB, "Vision of Tamworth"

RNLI/Chris Clouter

Barrow ILB, "Vision of Tamworth"

The call for assistance came from HM Coastguard at Holyhead at 3-17 pm. The information received was that a member of the public on the shore at Biggar Bank, on the west side of Walney Island, had reported seeing an object in the sea, and was concerned that it might be a person in difficulty in the water. The crew was paged and the inshore lifeboat, ‘Vision of Tamworth’, was launched at 3-30pm with Ben Jackson at the helm. The lifeboat proceeded at speed towards the scene and had reached the south end of Walney Island when the search was called off and the lifeboat stood down. Furness Coastguard had also attended the scene and established that the object in the water was not a person.

The ‘Vision of Tamworth’ then returned to the lifeboat station at 3-50 pm where it was made ready for the next launch.

The wind at the time of the incident was south-westerly, Force 1, and the high tide had passed shortly before the call-out at 3-10 pm with a predicted height of 9.2 metres.

With the current spell of good weather set to continue for the next few days the RNLI urges everyone visiting the coast to respect the water particularly as sea temperatures are still very low at this time of year.

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