St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew go to the aid of Dutch sailor
St Ives RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 2.30pm on 29 June in response to a request by Falmouth Coastguard to go to the assistance of a Dutch single handed sailor, who was experiencing difficulty securing a mooring in St Ives Bay.
The sailor, who was sailing from Padstow, arrived in St Ives Bay in difficult conditions with a
force 7 west north west wind, poor visibility and 2 metre swells. In such adverse conditions, the sailor
was unable to manoeuvre his 10 metre yacht, Norah, onto a mooring.
The St Ives RNLI inshore lifeboat Donald Dean, crewed by Senior ILB Helm George Deacon, and
volunteer crew members Jack Cooper and Peter Tanner, were tasked with securing the Norah onto a
In challenging conditions, Helm George Deacon resolved the situation by drawing alongside
the Norah and thereby allowing his RNLI crew members to board the yacht and successfully
secure it to a mooring.
The inshore lifeboat crew returned to the station at 3pm.
RNLI notes to editors
The enclosed photographs show:
- Crew members Jack Cooper and Peter Tanner onboard yacht to help with mooring.
- Crew member Jack Cooper, Helm George Deacon and crew member Peter Tanner return to the station.
- Crew member Jack Cooper, Helm George Deacon and crew member Peter Tanner at the station after the call out.
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- Phil Moyle (editor/spokesman) on 07886 475974.
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