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St Mary's lifeboat in yacht rescue in difficult conditions

Lifeboats News Release

The St Mary's RNLI lifeboat was launched at 2.30pm on Tuesday 11 June to go to the aid of a disabled French yacht some 18 miles south east of the Isles of Scilly.

The RNLI lifeboat's volunteer crew under the command of coxswain Peter Hicks arrived on the scene of the casualty at 3.30pm in near gale force winds and difficult sea conditions. The French yacht, with two people on board, had reported that their sails had blown out and they were very low on fuel. The Newlyn fishing vessel Nichola of Ladram was standing by, and the Dutch Greenpeace vessel Esperanza that was north of the position translated messages between the lifeboat and the yacht because of language difficulties.

The St Mary's RNLI lifeboat placed a crew member on board the 10 metre yacht and attached a line and then proceeded to tow the yacht to St Mary's arriving at 7.30pm where she was safely placed on a mooring.

Coxswain Peter Hicks gave thanks to the Nichola of Ladram and the Espernza for their valuable help with the rescue.

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