St Mary's RNLI lifeboat in early morning launch to rescue yachtsmen

Lifeboats News Release

St Mary's RNLI volunteer crew commanded by coxswain Peter Hicks rescued two people in a disabled yacht fifty nautical miles south of the Isles of Scilly on Monday 29 July.

The 10.5 metre British yacht that was on passage from the Azores, reported hydraulic failure and loss of steering, plus an overheating engine. To compound matters there were heavy sea conditions with the threat of forecast gale force winds.

St Mary's RNLI all weather lifeboat The Whiteheads was launched at 6.47am and after a long passage, the yacht was located and a line attached for the slow tow back to St Mary's harbour.

The stricken yacht was placed alongside the quay at 3.15pm and the RNLI lifeboat was refuelled, ready for service.

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