LIFEBOAT volunteers came to the aid of two people on board a fishing boat today.

Barrow Lifeboat Station’s volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat this morning to help afishing vessel which had broken down in Walney Channel.

The request for assistance came from the HM Coastguard base in Holyhead after 9.30am.

The information received was that a 15-foot Morebas fishing vessel, with two people on board, had suffered engine failure in Walney Channel west of the Rampside Gas Terminals.

It was also reported that the boat was taking on water.

A Barrow Lifeboat spokesman said: "The crew was paged and the inshore lifeboat Vision of Tamworth, was launched just before 10am with Ben Jackson at the helm, assisted by Paul Wilcock and Lee Minhinnick.

"The lifeboat proceeded towards the scene and shortly before arrival the crew was informed by HM Coastguard that the stricken vessel had managed to restart its engine and was heading north along Walney Channel.

"The lifeboat followed the casualty to ensure it reached the Ferry Pitching, north of Jubilee Bridge, without further incident.

"The lifeboat crew also checked on the welfare of the people on board the fishing vessel."