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Four Youths Rescued off Liverpool

1st October 2009
Four Youths Rescued off Liverpool

Action on the far side of the Irish Sea this afternoon as Liverpool Coastguard have been co-ordinated the rescue of four people from a small vessel ‘Valerie’ which contacted the marine emergency service at 4.20pm.

The small 12 foot petrol engine fishing vessel with four youths on board were at the mouth of Whitehaven harbour in Cumbria when they contacted the Coastguard to say the seas were too rough and they were running out of petrol and needed urgent assistance.

The St Bees and Workington RNLI inshore lifeboats were requested to launch and the Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team were also turned out along with the Cumbria Coastguard Sector Manager.

A stand by vessel, the ‘Sentinel’ which was near the Sellafield site at the time also responded to the radio traffic.

By the time the Coastguard Rescue Team arrived on scene the vessel had been beached south of Whitehaven and the four youths on board were rescued from the craft and the water by the Team.

They were then subsequently checked over by an ambulance crew for signs of hypothermia.

Paul Parkes, Liverpool Coastguard Watch Manager said:

“We are in no doubt that these ill equipped four youths on board the vessel were in grave and imminent danger and had the situation been allowed to deteriorate, may have lost their lives. The seas were rough in the area and our Coastguard Team took prompt action to get them to safety. The occupants were not wearing any lifejackets nor had any other means of lifesaving. The inshore lifeboat then took the vessel off the rocks and back into Whitehaven as we believe the occupants would have returned later to retrieve it.”

Published in RNLI Lifeboats Team

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