Second launch in a day for St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew
The volunteer lifeboat crew at St Ives RNLI were called out yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 2 August) for the second time in a day.
Following an early morning shout to help the crew on board a yacht in bad weather, the lifeboat crew were paged again after a speedboat with four people on board was reported to be drifting towards Godrevy.
St Ives National Coastwatch team spotted the boat in difficulty and reported it to Falmouth Coastguard, while a member of the public, Molly Whelan, also dialled 999 reporting that the boat looked like it had suffered engine failure and was disappearing into the mist.
The coastguard advised Molly to keep eyes on the boat while the St Ives inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched at 4.55pm with Dave Chard at the helm and Ian Timms and Daisy Jarvis as crew.
While travelling across the bay, Falmouth Coastguard confirmed it was a white speedboat that was in difficulty, which the ILB crew quickly located half way across St Ives Bay. When they reached the boat they found a local fishing boat SS Keira had just offered the four young people on board a tow back to St Ives.
The ILB escorted them back to St Ives and stood by while the speedboat was moored in the harbour after which they returned to the boathouse.
A spokesperson from St Ives Lifeboat Station said: 'British waters and weather can be very unpredictable. We recommend that everyone who takes to the water in a pleasure boat should wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help should they get into trouble. It is important to respect the water at all times.'
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.