Disabled French yacht towed to safety by St Mary's RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The St Mary's lifeboat, under the command of Phil Woodcock, was launched at 3.17pm on Monday 11 June to go to the rescue of a French yacht.

The French 12 metre yacht, with three people on board, called for assistance when it ran aground on English Island near the Eastern Isles in the Isles of Scilly.

A local fishing vessel stood by and reported that all on board were well and uninjured.

The lifeboat with its volunteer crew was launched at 3.17pm and quickly reached the casualty at 3.30pm. The lifeboat put a line aboard and began the tow back to St Mary's harbour, arriving safely at 4.20pm.

The yacht was attached to a mooring and the lifeboat was refuelled ready for service.

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