Two sailors have found themselves in trouble in the last 24 hours and having to be rescued by emergency services.

Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat was called out yesterday lunchtime before Porthleven Coastguard Rescue Team and Penlee Lifeboat faced an early morning shout today.

The Falmouth crew of the lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard were called just before 12.30pm yesterday to reports of a 16ft sailing dinghy suffering engine failure and drifting near St Anthony lighthouse beaches. 

En route, the volunteer crew were updated that the dinghy had drifted into a rock gulley near Shag Rock.

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A lifeboat crew member was then placed ashore to help move the dinghy to a location that it could be towed from.

An RNLI spokesperson: "Once in tow, the vessel was taken to nearby St Mawes harbour, and the lifeboat returned to Falmouth station to be made ready for service. 

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The rescued yacht in Porthleven. Photo: Porthleven Coastguard 

Porthleven Coastguard Rescue Team were then called at 5.56am to a yacht run aground at Porthleven Pier.

Writing on the team's Facebook page, a spokesperson said a tethered officer then went out to the yacht to gain contact, as there was no communication equipment onboard.

With Penlee's inshore lifeboat on the way it was decided to wait for their help to tow the yacht off the rocks and into the safety of Porthleven Harbour.