Padstow RNLI lifeboat crew assist motor cruiser
The volunteer lifeboat crew at Padstow RNLI launched at 10.17pm on Sunday evening (24 July) to assist a motor cruiser having difficulty navigating.
The motor cruiser was unsure of its exact location and was struggling to find the mouth of the Camel estuary. The Tamar class lifeboat arrived on scene and the Y-boat was launched to send two crew on board the motor cruiser to assist the skipper.
The all-weather lifeboat then escorted the vessel into the estuary and up to Padstow Harbour. With the vessel safely alongside the Padstow lifeboat crew returned to the station just before midnight.
Michael England, Padstow RNLI mechanic and Deputy Second Coxswain, said: 'We would always advise boat owners to seek advice before they set out and to have a robust passage plan in place, especially if you are unsure of the area.'
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