Lifeboat escorts vessel to safety

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A 130 foot stranded vessel was escorted to safety by the Lytham St Annes Volunteer Lifeboat crew amid fears it was about to sink.

The Lytham St Annes Mersey class all-weather lifeboat was sparked into action on Thursday afternoon after the Barrow harbour authority refused it entry amid fears of pollution.

The Danish-registered stricken vessel OMS Pollux was earlier holed at the Walney Wind Farm off Walney Island in Barrow-in-Furness that led to water flooding in.

The lifeboat, Her Majesty The Queen, escorted the endangered boat 11 miles off the Fylde Coast in case the pumps failed or if the vessel ran out of fuel.

The escort duty carried on until three miles from the entrance to the Mersey while a pollution control aircraft made regular fly pasts to monitor the situation in case of oil leakage.

After then being refused entry to Liverpool as well, OMS Pollux was warned to keep a minimum of five miles off shore.

The Lytham lifeboat team stayed on standby duty right until the Hoylake Mersey class lifeboat was launched to take over. Lytham lifeboat 3rd mechanic Jon Trevorrow said: “The casualty was making a good speed of nine knots despite a list to port due to the weight of water on board.”

The Her Majesty The Queen arrived home eventually at 3.40pm in front of a large crowd of holidaymakers watching from the promenade. The Lytham lifeboat team are part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of several charities that save lives at sea around the British Isles.

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