Three shouts in 24 hours for St Mary's RNLI lifeboat
Following a long 9 hour shout to rescue two people on a yacht, the volunteer crew of St. Mary's RNLI lifeboat went to the aid of two more yachts in the early hours of Tuesday 30 July.
Once on the scene, the volunteer crew noticed a second yacht was in similar difficulties and placed a crew member onboard to help to reposition the vessel.
The lifeboat, The Whiteheads, then attended the first casualty and again, placed a crew member onboard to assess the situation and report on a possible injury to one of the people onboard. As the anchor was still dragging, the yacht was advised to let the anchor go and agree to be escorted back to St Mary's harbour.
As the second yacht appeared to be safely anchored, the volunteer crew member was picked up and the lifeboat began the escorted passage to St Mary's. The yacht was safely placed alongside the harbour quay and the RNLI lifeboat made ready for further service.
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.