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St Agnes and St Ives RNLI lifeboats assist broken down fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from St Agnes and St Ives RNLI launched their lifeboats this morning (Thursday 28 April) to go to the aid of a broken down fishing vessel off Portreath.

The alarm was raised just before 9.30am this morning when the commercial fishing vessel lost power. It was approximately 50m off the cliffs east of Portreath and in danger of drifting closer to shore.

St Agnes’ D class lifeboat XKalibur was launched at around 9.30am and volunteers made their way to the scene immediately. A tow line was established to tow the vessel away from the immediate danger of the cliffs.

St Agnes RNLI volunteers then took the vessel back into Portreath harbour. St Ives’ Shannon class lifeboat Nora Stachura was also tasked to assist in the rescue. Upon arrival into Portreath harbour, St Ives RNLI lifeboat volunteers maintained communications with Falmouth Coastguard and stood by the St Agnes D class while they made the casualty vessel secure on her mooring.

Both lifeboats returned to station at around 11am.

St Agnes RNLI is holding a naming ceremony for its D-class lifeboat on Saturday (30 April) at 3pm. The lifeboat XKalibur has been funded by the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and the local community.

Then on Sunday 15 May, St Ives RNLI will be holding a naming ceremony for its new Shannon class lifeboat Nora Stachura, the newest lifeboat in the RNLI fleet, and its launch and recovery system.

Notes to editors

More information on the St Agnes and St Ives RNLI naming ceremonies is available on request.

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