St Ives RNLI assist broken down speedboat at Hayle Bar area

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew from St Ives RNLI launched the inshore lifeboat to assist a speedboat that had broken down in the Hayle Bar area with five people onboard.

Niki Brooks

St Ives volunteer crew returning from service

It has been a very busy week for the volunteer crew so far having responded to four calls for help. Having just finished a training exercise, the crew hadn’t long left the station when at 9.33pm the pager sounded for the volunteer crew once again. Reports were coming in from Falmouth Coastguard of a speedboat in the Hayle Bar area in need of assistance.

The RNLI volunteer crew, led by Barney Stevens along with Jack Hill and Joel Ninnes, wasted no time and they launched the inshore lifeboat, and made their way to Hayle Bar.

On arrival at the location, the crew could see that there were five people in the vessel, two adults and three children – the vessel had broken down and was without lights or fuel, but fortunately they were all wearing lifejackets.

After checking that everyone was okay, the crew set about fixing a tow to the speedboat and then proceeded to tow the vessel to safety at Hayle Harbour. The crew also offered safety and best practice advice.

The volunteer crew then returned to St Ives Lifeboat Station and readied the boat once again for service.

Notes to editors

  • Photo 1 – Crew returning from service – Niki Brooks

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