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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Lifeboat guides broken down windfarm boat with 14 onboard back to Barrow shore

Lifeboat guides broken down windfarm boat with 14 onboard back to Barrow shore.

Liverpool Coastguard called out Barrow Lifeboat to the aid of a broken down vessel at the south of Duddon windfarm at 6.12pm on Monday evening.

Volunteers from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched their all weather lifeboat Grace Dixon.

The lifeboat was requested by Liverpool Coastguard after the 130 ton MV Attender suffered a total loss of power which disabled the steering, lights and engines. At the time the vessel was at the windfarm, seven miles from Barrow Port,with twelve passengers and two crew, and was being attended by another vessel which was standing by.

The weather at the time was heavy rain, but visiblilty was good. The wind was blowing 21 knots from the south east which backed to the east and reduces to 10 knots. The tide was flooding with the full 8.2 metre high water expected at 10pm.

The lifeboat launched at 6.35pm with crew of Jonny Long, Dave Kell, Paul Heavyside, Andy Baxter, Jonny Walker and Derek Coyle under the command of Coxswain Shaun Charnley. Whilst en route to the scene, the crew of the casualty vessel managed to repair the fault and restore power, however they appreciated the Barrow lifeboat crew standing by her as she returned to the port, just in case a further failure resulted in another loss of power.

At Barrow Docks the Barrow lifeboat left the MV Attender and returned to station where she was prepared for the next call out and re-housed by 8.30pm

Have your say

The Danes bacon saved again! This vessel is becoming a regular casualty on our seas. How long before a major incident causes more than red faces.

Posted by Wave Watcher on 14 January 2014 at 09:15

Unless I'm mistaken it's only ten days since the same vessel was last rescued?

Posted by Darren McSweeney on 13 January 2014 at 21:17

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