VOLUNTEERS from Barrow's RNLI station helped a stricken vessel last night after it suffered engine failure in Walney Channel.

The inshore lifeboat was launched at 8.15pm on Sunday June 22 to a small fishing boat in Walney Channel, north of Walney Bridge.

Liverpool Coastguard requested assistance for the vessel and the Barrow lifeboat, called 'Vision of Tamworth’ was launched with a crew of Adam Cleasby and second coxswain Jonny Long.

They reported that the casualty vessel was being pushed north towards Duddon Estuary by the tide which had just reached a high water of 7.8 metres.

When the lifeboat arrived it was located near to Walney Meetings but was quickly taken in tow by the lifeboat and put ashore safely.