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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Barrow rescue boats called out after reports of an upturned boat out at sea

BARROW rescue boats were called out earlier after reports of an upturned boat floating in the Irish sea.

The RNLI received a call from Liverpool Coastguard to say that a man near to South Walney Caravan Park had seen a vessel floating about one mile west of Walney Island.

Both lifeboat crews were launched and arrived at the scene at 1.10pm.

Once there they found a 25 foot cabin cruiser and its crew and it was confirmed that this was the vessel which was thought to be in difficulty.

After speaking to the occupants the lifeboat reported that all was well as they were divers and the craft was at anchor.

The lifeboats were stood down and returned to station where both lifeboats were made ready for the next call out by 2pm.

Deputy second Coxswain Dave Kell said: “The men were divers and the witness must have thought that they were in trouble when in fact they were not. It was a false alarm with good intent, but we are grateful to him that he did call the Coastguard and report it. We would encourage everyone to report incidents such as these, it is much better to be safe than sorry.”

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