Three shouts in 24 hours for St Mary's RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

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.

The second call for help came at 2.50am from a yacht that was dragging its anchor towards rocks in St Helen's Pool in gale force north westerly winds.

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.

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