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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Lifeboat rescues two men off west Cumbrian coast

Two men had to be rescued after their boat began taking on water off the coast of Workington.

The pair were on board the Jean-Marie, an 18ft open boat, when they suffered engine failure about a mile from the shore, west of Workington.

They dialled 999 at about 11.45am yesterday from their mobile phone, telling the coastguard that the vessel was taking on water.

Workington lifeboat crews were already out at sea, performing a training exercise, when the call came in.

A spokesman for the crew said the men, who were from Workington, hadn’t taken on much water and were not injured.

There were seven crew on board the lifeboat and it was diverted to the rescue, he said.

“We were on an exercise nearby with a helicopter, practising for the Whitehaven Maritime Festival,” he said.

“They were okay. We didn’t have to pump the water away, there wasn’t a lot.”

The crew towed the boat back to Workington and got back to base an hour later.

No one was injured.

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