Rescues will be remembered
8:20am Saturday 29th September 2012 in News
Four days that saw Falmouth Coastguard called on to co-ordinate three huge rescues will be remembered next week at the National Maritime Museum by the rescue centre manager.
James Instance, who helped deal with the incidents, will recount his story of the dramatic rescues on Monday from 12.30pm.
Between October 27 and 30 2010 the fishing vessel Athena caught fire, with the crew taking to life rafts 200 miles south west of Land’s End; the racing yacht Spirit of Antigua capsized in the Bay of Biscay and the Polish Tall Ship Fryderyk Chopin was dismasted and disabled, with 36 teenagers on board, 100 miles west of the Isles of Scilly.
Mr Instance said: “Here at Falmouth Coastguard we are used to playing a key role in co-ordinating maritime rescues around the UK and across the world, but the series of incidents two years ago pushed us all to the limit.”
The lecture, entitled One Week in October, costs £14.50 including a set lunch. Anyone wishing to book a place should call 01326 214546.