St Ives lifeboats save yacht in force five conditions

St Ives lifeboats save yacht in force five conditions

St Ives lifeboats save yacht in force five conditions

First published in News

Both St Ives lifeboats were called out to a 22ft yacht which was disabled and in need of assistance.

Initially the inshore lifeboat Colin Bramley Parker was launched at 7.15pm with George Deacon at the helm, following reports that the vessel was near St Ives harbour, however after searching the area off St Ives head the volunteer inshore lifeboat crew could not locate the vessel, and the coastguard determined that the vessel was probably elsewhere.

The inshore lifeboat was stood down and the all-weather lifeboat The Princess Royal was launched to tow the casualty vessel back after it had been located by Sennen Cove lifeboat approximately 1.6Nm north of Pendeen light.

The Sennen Cove lifeboat had taken one person off  the yacht who had been seasick for a considerable time, with the skipper of the yacht remaining on board, assisted by a lifeboat crew member.

St Ives lifeboat coxswain Paul Whiston put crewman Jack Coop aboard the yacht to assist in recovering the anchor, after which the Sennen Cove crewman returned to his lifeboat so that it could return to base with the sick casualty, and the St Ives crew towed the vessel back to the harbour. The weather on the return tow worsened somewhat with the wind gusting force 5 at times with occasional seas of 1.5m.

The boats arrived back at 10.30pm, the yacht was attached to a visitor's mooring in the harbour assisted by the inshore lifeboat, and the skipper was brought ashore extremely tired and hungry.

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