Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow Lifeboat Station launched their inshore lifeboat this morning (May 23) to go to the aid of a stranded yachtsman in Walney Channel .

The call for assistance came through from the regional HM Coastguard base in Holyhead at 11.17a.m after a yachtsman had become stranded aboard his vessel, which was moored north of Jubilee Bridge after his tender had broken free and drifted away.

The crew was paged and the inshore lifeboat, ‘Vision of Tamworth’, was launched at 11-36a.m with Jonny Long at the helm, assisted by Saul Tomlin and Chris Rowland.

The lifeboat proceeded north along Walney Channel and after passing under Jubilee Bridge located the yacht off North Scale.

Once alongside, the yachtsman was transferred to the lifeboat and then returned safely to the Ferry Pitchings and into the care of Furness Coastguard who had also attended the incident.

With the task completed successfully, the lifeboat was able to return to the boathouse where it was made ready for the next launch.