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Thursday, 25 December 2014

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Man suffers head injuries after boat crash near Walney

A YACHT passenger suffered head injuries after the vessel ran aground on a sandbank two miles west of Walney.

Barrow’s RNLI crew was called out at 7.12am today.

The 29ft motor yacht, on passage from Whitehaven to Glasson Dock, became stranded opposite Biggar Bank.

A woman in her 60’s suffered a minor cut to her head upon impact.

Crew member Dave Kell administered first aid on board the yacht.

The woman was placed on a stretcher and given oxygen before being taken ashore to a waiting ambulance, which then transferred her to Furness General Hospital.

Barrow RNLI spokesman, John Falvey, said: “We put her onto a stretcher but she was alert. The ambulance was ready waiting as soon as we got to shore.

“The all-weather lifeboat went out and recovered the crew and the inshore lifeboat went and recovered our crew off the yacht, once we’d got that moored in.

“At that time of day the tide was low and we believe he’s hit bottom, but he was on the normal course to pass down the west side of Walney.”

Crew member Alan Cleasby sailed the yacht, Tut Too, to the lifeboat station’s casualty mooring.

The crew were back at station by 9.10am.

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