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Three RNLI lifeboats rescue the Lily B freighter from landing in Wexford


These are the horrific scenes in which three RNLI lifeboats battled 20 foot waves and forced eight winds to prevent a battered 4,000 ton freighter from being thrown onto the rocks during Storm Barbara.

Lily B declared an emergency Tuesday afternoon after losing power off Ireland's east coast and being pushed towards the rocks at Hook Head lighthouse on the Wexford coast.

The lifeboat crews tied lines to the affected ship and prevented it from being pushed ashore while a tug was sent to the scene in a 12-hour rescue operation.

Volunteer lifeboat crews at Dunmore East, Kilmore Quay and Rosslare Harbor went to the rescue when the cargo ship carrying coal from northern Germany asked for urgent help at 3 p.m.

Without the strength to navigate the stormy seas, the Lily B with a crew of nine had been pushed within half a nautical mile of the rocks of Hook Head.

The scenes came as Storm Barbara wreaked havoc across the UK with storms reaching 65 mph after beating Spain and Portugal this week.

Rain fell for fourteen days in three hours on Wednesday as the Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for downpours on the south coast, the Midlands, London and East Anglia.

Three RNLI lifeboats were involved in a major operation to prevent the 4,000-ton Lily B from being thrown into rocks on Ireland's east coast after the freighter lost all power during Storm Barbara

The RNLI stated that its lifeboats are 42 tons compared to the 4,000 ton freighter

The RNLI stated that its lifeboats are 42 tons compared to the 4,000 ton freighter

The Lily B declared an emergency after losing all power during Storm Barbara on Tuesday

The Lily B declared an emergency after losing all power during Storm Barbara on Tuesday

The three RNLI lifeboats went out to prevent the 4,000-ton cargo ship from being pushed onto the rocks at Hook Head lighthouse on the Wexford coast

The three RNLI lifeboats went out to prevent the 4,000-ton cargo ship from being pushed onto the rocks at Hook Head lighthouse on the Wexford coast

Further warnings have been issued for heavy rain in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Kinross, Scotland, until at 11am yesterday the downpours made way for drier and brighter conditions across much of the UK.

This week, footage from lifeboats and rescue helicopters captured the stormy seas as waves crashed over the affected boat.

An RNLI spokeswoman: “Under eight conditions, Dunmore East and Kilmore Quay put RNLI towlines on the drifting ship, which was very close to the rocks at the time. The two lifeboats kept the tow in place and kept the cargo ship off the bank while a tug sailed from Waterford. Rosslare RNLI was ready.

The three lifeboat crews battled strong waves over six meters high and worked together to ensure the cargo ship stayed away from the rocks until the tow was handed over to the tug on arrival at 5:40 p.m.

"The lifeboat crews were escorted by the ships until they reached the calmer waters of Waterford Harbor in the early hours of Wednesday morning. They were eventually dropped and returned to the station."

David Maloney, Rosslare RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said: “Without the three lifeboat crews working under eight conditions, I fear the ship would have hit the rocks and serious deaths could have occurred.

The Dunmore East and Kilmore Quay lifeboat crews had an incredibly difficult job keeping them off the rocks.

“The seas were vast and under these conditions it would not have been comfortable for anyone out there.

“The lifeboat crews spent over 12 hours on a mission that required serious skill and focus, and I'm extremely proud of all three lifeboat crews involved. Fortunately, we didn't have a tragedy. & # 39;

The Irish Coast Guard also sent their Rescue 117 helicopter, based in Waterford, to provide assistance should the crew need to be moved to safety.

Earlier this week, parts of Devon and East Sussex saw two inches of rain as Storm Barbara made her way across the country.

The RNLI spent 12 hours on the cargo ship before it was safely towed to Waterford

The RNLI spent 12 hours on the cargo ship before it was safely towed to Waterford

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter recorded the rescue after being called in case the Lily B's crew had to be lifted off

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter recorded the rescue after being called in case the Lily B's crew had to be lifted off

There were also flood warnings for parts of Leicestershire and the Cornish coast, with gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour inland and 65 miles per hour near the coast elsewhere as the wind whipped through the Channel.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said it had been called for reports of flooding in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.

Several devices visited the scene and residents were rescued from six objects.

An SFRS spokesperson said: “We were informed of reports of flooding at a number of properties in and around Bruce Crescent and Provost Davidson Drive in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, at 4:53 am on Thursday, October 22nd.

Members of the Shame walk past Halnaker Mill in northeast Chichester, Sussex as Storm Barbara sweeps the nation

Members of the Shame walk past Halnaker Mill in northeast Chichester, Sussex as Storm Barbara sweeps the nation

Operations control mobilized two fire extinguishers and two specialized water rescue units, and firefighters helped several people get to safe locations from around six homes affected by the flood.

"The crews are staying on to make the area safer and to help pump water out of the affected homes."

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said Storm Barbara, which struck Spain and Portugal earlier this week, "moved northeast – we know we took a fleeting blow from it – and it's weakening as it goes."

He added that it will thankfully be drier and lighter today, but there will be short, sharp showers in the southeast and London.

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