Long shout for St Mary's RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

St Mary's volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew went to the assistance of a 34ft yacht taking part in the AZAB race from Falmouth to the Azores when she was 80 miles south west of the islands on Sunday 2 June.

The yacht, with two persons on board had suffered keel damage and was taking in water when sailing against the wind. The St Mary's lifeboat, under the command of relief coxswain from Torbay, Richard Fowler, arrived on scene at 3pm when the casualty was 68 miles from the islands.

The lifeboat then escorted the yacht back to St Mary's, arriving back at 11.23pm when the harbour launch took over the casualty and placed her on a mooring.

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