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St Ives' RNLI lifeboat Nora Stachura rescues boat by Seal Island

Lifeboats News Release

The St Ives RNLI lifeboat was launched on June 10 to search for a boat around three miles west from St Ives.

The three people aboard the speedboat were fishing west from St Ives, around 400m from shore, catching plenty of fish. When they went to restart their engine they discovered a major fuel leak, so decided to anchor up and call the Coastguard for assistance.

The St Ives all weather lifeboat was launched at 1.45pm into calm but misty conditions, and after a brief search located the speedboat near Seal Island. St Ives lifeboat crewman Jack Coop was put aboard the casualty vessel for the tow back to St Ives, arriving at St Ives harbour around 3.00pm.    

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