THE coastguard was scrambled after a 130 tonne boat suffered a loss of power off Walney.

Volunteers from the RNLI’s Barrow station launched their all weather lifeboat ‘Grace Dixon’ at 6.35pm last night (Monday) to go to the aid of the disabled MV Attender at the west of Duddon windfarm.

The vessel suffered a total loss of power which disabled the steering, lights and engines.

At the time the boat was at the windfarm, seven miles from Barrow Port, with twelve passengers and two crew, and was being attended by another vessel which was standing by.

The weather at the time was heavy rain, but visiblilty was good.

While en-route to the scene, the crew of the casualty vessel managed to repair the fault and restore power.