Back to back shouts for St Mary's RNLI lifeboat
A busy night on Wednesday 7 August for the volunteer crew of St Mary's lifeboat commanded by coxswain Peter Hicks as they had two similar shouts in quick succession.
The second shout came at 1.01am from another yacht, also drifting without power with three people on board about 10 miles east of the islands, close to the Traffic Separation Scheme between the islands and the mainland of Cornwall.
That yacht was also successfully towed back to St Mary's harbour and the RNLI lifeboat The Whiteheads was placed back onto the moorings ready for further service at 3.30am.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.