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Padstow RNLI lifeboat crew launch to yacht requiring assistance.

Lifeboats News Release

The Padstow lifeboat crew launched at 8.35am today (1 June 2018) to assist a yacht where the propeller had become entangled in debris at the mouth of the Camel Estuary.

yacht being towed by Padstow RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/Steve Swabey

Yacht under tow
The crew of the yacht was able to remove the debris (including a black building supplies bag) from the propellor by scuba diving to it. The yacht was then able to proceed to around halfway up the Camel Estuary where the volunteer RNLI crew arrived on scene and established a tow line. The yacht was taken safely into Padstow Harbour and the crew returned to the lifeboat station at 9:45am.

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Image of yacht under tow

Credit: Steve Swabey Padstow RNLI crew

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Yacht crew member removing debris from propellor

RNLI/David Boulton

Yacht crew member removing debris from propellor
Debris removed from yacht propellor

RNLI/David Boulton

Debris removed from yacht propellor

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