Rock RNLI volunteers rescue exhausted sailor

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer RNLI crew at Rock, Cornwall, reacted quickly to a sailor in difficulty off the north Cornish coast.

Wooden sailing boat being recovered to shore following rescue by Rock RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/Stuart Robertson, LPO

The wooden sailing boat being recovered to shore following rescue by Rock RNLI lifeboat
The RNLI D class inshore lifeboat was launched with its volunteer crew at 3.27pm yesterday afternoon, 23rd May, following a request from the Coastguard.
A man was adrift in a small 5.4 metre wooden sailing boat which had suffered damage, as well as engine failure approximately a mile and a half off the north Cornish coast, beyond the entrance of the Camel estuary.

The sailor was totally exhausted, having been at sea for three days.
Whilst he was very well prepared with suitable safety equipment - VHF radio, distress flares, charts etc. and was wearing a lifejacket - the middle aged man was in need of support before his situation potentially worsened, and before nightfall.

The boat and its grateful owner was towed in by the lifeboat, and brought back to the lifeboat station. His boat and possessions were made secure ashore, and the sailor was looked after in the station by RNLI volunteers.

Rock RNLI helm, Neil Davis said 'This was a successful rescue, thanks to the swift action of our volunteer crew and quick launch of our lifeboat. We located the sailor and his stricken boat quickly - he certainly seemed very grateful to see us arrive. Despite the fact he is clearly an experienced yachtsman, he did the right thing by calling the Coastguard and requesting assistance. If we hadn't been called so quickly, the situation would likely have escalated quickly. The rugged coastline of North Cornwall - although beautiful - is very unforgiving.'

This week, the RNLI launched their annual 'Respect the water' campaign, where all users of the sea and coastline are reminded of the dangers of being on, or near the water.

Rock RNLI lifeboat 'Rusper 2'

RNLI/Stuart Robertson, LPO

Rock RNLI lifeboat 'Rusper 2' following the rapid launch.

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