False alarm for Barrow lifeboat crew
Last updated at 17:42, Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Barrow lifeboat crew responded to reports of a drifting vessel in Walney Channel on Wednesday afternoon.
Volunteers from the RNLI Barrow Station answered a request from Liverpool Coastguard to investigate an apparently unmanned 26 foot yacht which leisure sailors had seen drifting near Roa Island Boat Club.
The Vision of Tamworth lifeboat was launched and the crew located the wayward vessel near Jubilee Bridge.
It was discovered that there were in fact two crew members aboard and the drifting had been caused by the captain lifting the keel in an effort to gain extra speed.
Coxswain Shaun Charnley said, “It was a false alarm with good intent. To those ashore the yacht it looked as though it was not steering properly and they were not sure if it was manned so they raised the alarm.”
First published at 17:41, Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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On a similar note. There were 2 late teenage clowns out in the water opposite pitch and putt golf at the coast rd a few days ago. They were thrashing around and screaming for help. I rushed back the my car and got the binoculars out and they looked for all intents and purposes to be in deep trouble. I was about to dial 999 when they stood up. They'd been kneeling down in the water faking that they were in trouble.
After what has happened down the coast road in recent years I for one did not find it funny in the slightest. Another few seconds and a full search and rescue would have been initiated to come and save them.
They know who they are and hopefully they will have read this. Grow up. What you did was not funny in the slightest.