St Ives launches to assist in search at 3.24am

Lifeboats News Release

The pagers certainly woke the crew when they sounded in the early hours of this morning, and regardless of the time the crew responded.

RNLI/Nick Phillips

ALB Crew searching

Robin Langford, Deputy Second Coxswain, launched the all-weather lifeboat at just before 3.30am this morning (Monday 12 August) with volunteer crew Nick Phillips, Neil Brooks, Graeme Russell, Jack Coop, Jack Hill and Murray Walker.

The request had come from Falmouth Coastguard of assistance needed to locate a potential casualty. It was also decided that to perform a detailed search of the required area, our inshore lifeboat would launch as this vessel can get much closer to the rocky coves. Helm Jonathan Harvey launched the inshore lifeboat with volunteer crew Daisy Jarvis and Jake Martin.

Both vessels made their way to Hell's Mouth via the Outer Sound in order to support the Police, Portreath and St Ives Coastguard - search and rescue helicopter 924 was also present.

On arrival our all-weather lifeboat began their search from Hell's mouth, heading east to Bassetts Cove, and our inshore lifeboat searched from Godrevy Head through to Deadman's Cove.

The crews completed their searches and were waiting for further instructions when luckily the potential casualty was located safe and well. Both crews were then stood down at this point and made their way back to the station.

Notes to editors

  • Photo 1 – ALB Crew searching – Nick Phillips
  • Photo 2 - Inside ALB – Nick Phillips
  • Photo 3 – Jonathan Harvey & ILB – Niki Brooks
  • Photo 4 – ALB returned to St Ives – Nick Phillips

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RNLI/Nick Phillips

Inside ALB

RNLI/Niki Brooks

ILB crew returning

RNLI/Nick Phillips

ALB returned to St Ives

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