Duddon Inshore Rescue News

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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

Askam Carnival 2016

With temperatures over 20 degrees and the sun shining, we took part in the annual Askam Carnival held on 4th June 2016.

There was a fantastic turn out and everyone donated generously as we followed up the rear of the parade before heading to the playing fields where people could come and look at the boat, tractor and quads close up, purchase some delicious cakes and watch videos of some of our training exercises.

Thank you to all who donated and took part making this event a success.

June 25th 2016

Man Over Board Training 22.05.16

Crew took to the water to practice some man over board, boat and radio training. The weather was on our side and we had a successful day with all crew having the opportunity to rescue and be rescued from the water plus landing on Roanhead beach and crossing the estuary to Millom Pier.

Some great shots were taken of the training session:

Travelling out to the tide line.

Preparing to launch.

Well done to all crew that took part.

June 5th 2016

Save The Date...19.06.16

A date to mark in your diary is Sunday 19th June 2016 at 1130am when we invite you to attend the dedication and launch of our new rescue boat.

Invites were styled on original invites from 1970 and include not only today’s crew list but the original crew list from 1970.

No need to R.S.V.P. we just look forward to seeing you on the day……

May 23rd 2016

Sea Survival Training 23.04.16

The afternoon was spent completing an informative classroom based session and this was then put into practice in an evening session in the pool. Crew learnt sea survival techniques, medical aspects of sea survival and more about life jackets. 

For example did you know that if you enter UK waters without a life jacket or protective clothing you’re chances of survival are very slim after 4 minutes but if you enter the water in a dry suit and life jacket you can survive more than 10 hours.

During the pool session crew members had the opportunity to put the classroom theory into practice.

Various subject areas were covered in the pool including;

Getting into the life raft and familiarisation of what equipment would be in the raft and what to put in your grab bag.

How to assist an unconscious casualty into the life raft

 And, how to turn the lift raft over if it landed and went off upside down in the water.

April 25th 2016

Duddon Sports & Social Club Donation

On Sunday at the Duddon Sports and Social Club we emptied our collection bottle.

Guess the weight was a joint win, shared between John ‘Minty’ Myers &           D.Rhodes and Paul ’ Pixie’ Grainger, was closest to guessing the total amount, of £419.44.

With the added money from the guess the amount & weight, a total of £445.00 has been raised.

Many thanks Duddon Sports & Social for fundraising a fantastic donation to Duddon Inshore Rescue.

March 29th 2016

RNLI Joint Training - 26.03.16


As we have recently purchased a new ‘D’ Class lifeboat we had asked the RNLI for a joint training exercise to learn more about its operational capacity and to see how the RNLI operate their boat. As a result we visited the RNLI at their Roa Island Station on Saturday.

’D’-Class inshore lifeboats like ours do not ‘self-right’ should they capsize in bad weather whilst afloat. In order for them to be righted in any weather conditions, the crews have to practice the drill for doing so. 


Following a safety briefing by Andy Baxter, the capsize boat and Barrow RNLI’s own lifeboat 'Vision of Tamworth’ were launched into an incoming powerful tidal current and a choppy sea with a Force 5 easterly wind. We were able to watch from close quarters aboard the Barrow lifeboat whilst the Barrow team took it in turns to capsize and then right the capsize boat.


John Falvey, the RNLI’s Operations Manager at Barrow said, “Our team gained more practice in the drill of righting a capsized boat and the Duddon team gained a lot of knowledge which they will put into practice with their boat should the need ever arise…We will definitely be organising more events like this which are of mutual benefit to both teams”.


An extended thank you goes to the RNLI for involving us in this training session and we look forward to working together in the future.

March 29th 2016

Training 18.03.16

On Thursday crew took our new boat out for a training session and to familiarise themselves with updated equipment including testing MOB on the plotter.

The video below gives you a little insight into the new boat!

March 18th 2016

Exciting News For Feb...

Today saw the delivery of the new Duddon Inshore Rescue Boat. It arrived in the afternoon via an RNLI Delivery wagon. 

The afternoon was spent sorting equipment and preparing IB1 for service.

 On board equipment includes DSC Radio & Plotter for Navigation and Ais meaning we are able to track ILB every time it goes out on the sea. 

February 16th 2016

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