Duddon Inshore Rescue News

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Open Day

A big thank you to all who braved the wet weather on Saturday and came to the official opening of our training room and open day.  The following are just a few photos from the day…

Chris, Andrew & Daniel McNamee cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the Bernard McNamee​, MBE Training Suite.


The handover of new risk assessments from Accounting 4 Safety Ltd .


A training defibrillator and resuscitation dummies were provided by IJJA Training Solutions so visitors could learn how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator.


Enjoying a cup of tea and delicious homemade cakes.


The crew taking time out for a quick photo opportunity….

October 22nd 2017

Open Day 21.10.2017


You may have seen in the local press or heard on the radio that Duddon Inshore Rescue is having an open day and the official opening of our training room on Saturday 21st October 2017.

The Boathouse doors open to the public at 11am with the official opening of the training room at 11:15am. Crew will also be presented with our new risk assessments completed by Accounting for Safety Ltd.

During the day there will be the opportunity to see all our equipment, try out resuscitation and using a defibrillator thanks to IJJA Training Solutions and learn more about Duddon Inshore Rescue. Refreshments will be available all day.

Learn more about the open day here at the Huddlehub website:

October 16th 2017

September Update

September has proved to be another busy month for Duddon Inshore Rescue.

The month started with 2 call outs:

01.09.17 -  crew called out by Holyhead CG at 18:50, to a vehicle stuck in the sand at Roanhead car park. Once on scene with Tractor, Quad and Mobile the two lady occupants were very happy to see help arrive as one was heavily pregnant, they thought a drive on the bumpy beach might start
things to happen on the arrival of the unborn. All ok and they went on their way once their car was pulled clear of the beach.

03.09.17 -  crew called out to reports of a person trying to cross the Estuary from Foxfield to the Green on the Millom side of the Estuary. After an extensive search by crews from DIR, Furness CG, Millom CG & Haverigg Rescue, the person was found at Dunnerholme Rock. Great team work by all agency’s involved.

Crew then provided another few hours of assistance to the pipeline survey before attending the Police Open Day on 10.09.17.

Despite the wet weather there was good attendance from the public and a good opportunity for us to catch up with other agencies including Fire and Ambulance services plus the Coastguard, Ulverston Inshore Rescue and Bay Search and Rescue.

September 11th 2017

August 2017 Update

August has been a busy month for the crew at Duddon Inshore Rescue providing safety assistance during low tides to the pipeline survey.


Safety cover is vital while the survey is completed because, as shown clearly on the photo below the gulleys in the estuary between Millom and Askam are the depth of a grown adult showing how dangerous they can be if the tide turns and they start to fill.


A good effort by all crew involved so thank you for their hard work and efforts.

September 11th 2017

Call Out 18th June 2017

CALL OUT - This afternoon we were paged with an Immediate launch request to 4 persons on the sandbank, North of Dunnerholme Rock.

IRB Launched and was quickly on scene, the casualties were stood ankle deep in the rising tide and with another 50 minutes before high water this rescue could have had different results if not for the persons who raised the ALARM and the casualties standing their ground to avoid wading into deeper water.

Furness Coatguard attended and gave the individuals a water safety talk.

Luckily for these people it was 4 persons saved, always take care, in an EMERGENCY Dial 999 Coastguard, today these people were very lucky, TAKE CARE. 

This short video taken by a member of the public shows the speed at which crew were launched.


June 18th 2017

Askam Carnival 2017

We enjoyed another sunny day at the annual Askam Carnival.The sunshine brought the community out and we hope to have helped raise money for a variety of good causes during the parade.

Well done to the Carnival queen Tabitha Britton and her assistants and to everyone that take part in the parade and dance competitions after.

It was great seeing so many of you out on the field enjoying yourselves, so until next time, stay safe.

June 3rd 2017

New Training Room

If you go down to the sea today…….you’ll see there has been some building work taking place at the Duddon Inshore Rescue boathouse.

We are in the final stages of decorating our new training and meeting room which has been added as an extension to our existing boathouse. This was a dream of our founder member Bernard Mc Namee to have a facility to train crew and without his generosity it wouldn’t have been possible so we are pleased to see this dream becoming reality.

A massive thank you to all the crew and our supporters for making this possible and all the hard work that has been put into painting and decorating the inside.

May 24th 2017

RYA Training Course

3 crew members took time out of their busy schedules to go up to Glasgow for the weekend to complete the RYA Advanced Power Boat Course which means they are qualified to helm the boat at night time.


After weeks of preparation and planning including navigation and chart work we are pleased to announce that Ian, Jonni and Stu all passed the course and had a great weekend.

The course covered day & night time operations and a 55 mile passage plan on the River Clyde.

April 2nd 2017

Duddon Inshore Update

Over the past couple of months the crew at Duddon Inshore Rescue have been busy with a range of both practical and classroom based training.

On the 10th November we joined Furness Coastguard and Ulverston Inshore Rescue on a multi-agency training exercise “Operation Jubilee” in the Walney channel.  The operation involved supporting Furness Coastguard in putting Water Rescue techniques to practice in difficult conditions with the flow from the channel and darkness.

We have also had an interesting and informative training session from Paul Helm regarding working alongside helicopters and their crew.

A number of crew members are working towards their advanced powerboat qualification and all crew members are involved in certain aspects of this training such as completing chart work. 

Scenario based training such as Operation Jubilee is crucial to enable the team to develop and enable their skills. One particularly gruesome scenario the team completed involved locating a wounded walker, completing first aid and returning the walker to a specific pick up point. Full marks go to the make-up on this task!

November 12th 2016

Official Boat Naming & Blessing

Sunday 19th June 2016 marked a special day in the history of Duddon Inshore Rescue as we held the blessing and naming ceremony of our new boat. This was linked to the first ever boat launch as it occurred on the same date and tide time as the original launch in 1970.

Invites were designed in the same style as the 1970 invites and included a list of original crew members as well as todays crew to further tie the events together.

Reverend Allan Mitchell completed the blessing and naming ceremony stating it was the first time he had had the honour of completing a task like this in over 35 years service. The boat has been named Anyon Arthur Kay in memory of Anyon Arthur Kay and in recognition of his generous donation to Duddon Inshore Rescue which enabled us to purchase the boat. As occurred in 1970 we again used a bottle of Sass to pour over the hull to complete the ceremony. 

Ian Standing ensured the 3 original crew members from 1970 who attended were given much deserved recognition before the current crew headed out on the boat to showcase its capabilities.

A man over board exercise was completed as part of the display.

A presentation in the boat house explained the history of the Inshore with photos showing the development in the building and equipment. Everyone had the chance to look around the boat house and enjoy drinks and delicious cakes.

There was a great amount of support on the day and it was great to see and speak to members of the public and representatives from other organisations such as the Coastguard, RNLI and Mountain Rescue plus other local Inshore representatives.

We would like to thank everyone who attended and made the day such a success.

The event was featured in local press with some great pictures. Links below:



June 25th 2016

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