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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Stricken boat towed into Cumbrian harbour after 'difficult rescue'

Rescue teams from west Cumbria were sent out to carry out harbour and coastal searches after the crew of a boat reported difficulties.

Whitehaven and Maryport Coastguard Rescue Teams were deployed and the vessel was towed into Workington harbour following an operation lasting about five hours.

The crew first reported suffering steering problems off the south west of Scotland early yesterday afternoon.

A lifeboat was sent to the scene but they could not track down the vessel.

Liverpool Coastguard managed to get hold of those on board again and soon established they were in a different position near the Cumbrian coast.

The Workington RNLI all-weather lifeboat joined the search but again on arrival at this new position there was no sign of the vessel.

The Coastguard said further contact was made with the two on board the boat, who were told to set off their distress flares – but these were not spotted.

The Whitehaven and Maryport Coastguard Rescue Teams were then sent to carry out harbour and coastal searches.

A search and rescue helicopter was also scrambled to join in the search and a mayday relay broadcast was made asking for any other boats to report sightings.

The helicopter found the vessel just before 6pm off Harrington.

The boat was then towed into Workington harbour and met by the Maryport Coastguard Rescue Team.

Lucy Hicks, Watch Manager at Liverpool Coastguard, said: “This was a difficult rescue as we did not have the exact location of this vessel.

“An extensive search continued for a number of hours and with darkness fast approaching along with deteriorating weather conditions, we needed to find this boat.

“Luckily, they were spotted by the search and rescue helicopter and then taken to safety.”

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