Busy few days for St Ives RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

St Ives RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews were kept busy last week launching to a broken down yacht and conducting a search following an emergency distress signal.

RNLI/George Deacon

St Ives ALB alongside casualty boat

At 2.44pm on Wednesday 11 July, the all-weather lifeboat was launched to a broken 11 meter yacht five miles north of St Agnes.

A St Ives lifeboat Mechanic Robin Langford was transferred aboard the casualty boat and 30 minutes later the engine was fixed. The St Ives Lifeboat escorted the casualty boat five miles toward its destination of Padstow and then went back to the station.

ALB launched with Coxswain Robert Cocking, First Mechanic Robin Langford, Navigator Scott Perkin, crew George Deacon, Nick Philips, Jake Martin and training assessor Matt Simpson.


On Friday 27 July at 5.34pm, Falmouth Coastguard requested our team to launch in response to a Digital Selective Calling (DSC) emergency distress signal which had been picked up northwest of Portreath. The team were tasked to complete a shoreline search from Godrevy lighthouse to Porthowan. The team completed a full search, and continued this search on route back from Porthowan to Godrevy. It was at this point that the Falmouth Coastguard stood the team down and confirmed that the distress call was corrupt. No casualties or vessels were located.

Coxswain: Robin Langford, Mechanic: George Deacon, Navigator: Scott Perkin, Crew: David Chard, Daisy Jarvis, David Holland-Kemp, Graham Russel.

Robin Langford 1st Mechanic / 2nd Coxswain

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