Local boat towed to safety by St Mary's RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Following a 999 call at midday on August 15, the volunteer crew of St Mary's lifeboat went to the aid of a small vessel off Peninnis Head in the Isles of Scilly.

The small RIB had broken down fairly close to the rocks of Peninnis Head on St. Mary's. The RNLI lifeboat The Whiteheads under the command of coxswain Peter Hicks located the casualty and placed a crew member on board. The vessel was then towed to her home harbour of Perconger on the island of St Agnes and the St Mary's lifeboat then returned to her mooring at 1.15pm, ready for service once more.

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