St Ives RNLI lifeboat launched to local Bayliner
The St Ives RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew answered their pagers at around 10.42am on Sunday 16 September. The crew launched the inshore lifeboat at request from Falmouth Coastguard to a 17ft broken down Bayliner.
The crew led by Helm Barney Stevens, contacted the casualty boat over the radio to confirm their exact location which was between Godrevy Lighthouse and Godrevy Point. On arrival the volunteer crew found that both the main and auxiliary engines had broken down and the Bayliner was drifting. There were three persons on board; all in lifejackets, in good spirits and with no injuries were sustained.
The lifeboat crew attached a tow and proceeded to return to St Ives Bay with the Bayliner where the vessel was secured to their mooring.
The three local gentlemen were very grateful to see the volunteer lifeboat crew. Paul Bowden who was on the Bayliner explained ‘Our engine stalled and wouldn’t restart and then the auxiliary failed as well. At the time we were drifting and Godrevy was getting a little close for comfort! We quickly called the harbour master, who contacted the coastguard and they paged the lifeboat crew. Thankfully they sent the inshore and that towed us in. The lifeboat crew were great, very professional – it was a little embarrassing as obviously us all being local, and we know them! But grateful to get back to our mooring’
Once the crew had assisted in securing the Bayliner to their mooring the lifeboat headed back to the station to be readied for service.
Notes to Editors
- Photo 1 – Alex Allan, Paul Olney, Paul Bowden rescued on the Bayliner – Photo Alban Roinard
- Photo 2 – Tow in progress – Photo Alban Roinard
- Photo 3 – Crew - Crispan Jones, George Deacon, Barney Stevens who was Helm – Photo Alban Roinard
RNLI Media Contacts
For more information, please contact either Niki Brooks on 07384 756407 firstname.lastname@example.org or Alban Roinard on 07814 541880 volunteer lifeboat press officers at St Ives RNLI.
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