Busy four days for Padstow RNLI lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Padstow RNLI lifeboat have launched four times in the past four days.

The volunteers at Padstow RNLI lifeboat station had a busy four days after they were tasked to four separate incidents.

RNLB Spirit of Padstow was launched on Saturday 30 June just before 7pm to reports of two swimmers missing in the area of Mother Ivy’s bay. It was believed the pair may have swum to the Madrips. As the lifeboat was about to begin a search, the swimmers were spotted in the middle of the bay. The crew immediately assisted them onto the lifeboat and brought them to safety ashore.

The following afternoon (Sunday 1 July), the lifeboat was tasked to launch to the assistance of a motor yacht which had become caught in fishing gear approximately 20 nautical miles north of Padstow. Once on the scene, the lifeboat launched their smaller Y boat and successfully freed the fishing gear from the yacht’s propeller. The lifeboat then towed the yacht back to the harbour to be assessed for any further damage.

On Monday 2 July, the lifeboat was tasked just before 8:30am to a fishing vessel 15 nautical miles north of Padstow suffering mechanical failure. Once on scene, the lifeboat took the vessel under tow and, as the harbour was inaccessible due to the falling tide, assisted her back to her mooring in the river. The lifeboat was then refuelled and ready for service at 12:30pm.

The following day, Tuesday 3 July, the lifeboat was launched to reports of two boats in trouble off Cataclews point, just under a mile off the station. When the lifeboat arrived on scene, RNLI lifeguards were already assisting the vessels so the lifeboat returned to the station, ready for service.

Richard Pitman, RNLI Coxswain at Padstow, said: ‘It has been a very busy few days for the crew with a variety of call outs for us. The RNLI advises that anyone enjoying the hot weather at the coast always has a way of calling for help if in difficulty.’

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