Bank holiday weekend sees St Ives RNLI called out multiple times

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 3rd May, St Ives was already busy in the build-up to the bank holiday weekend, and at 1.25pm the pagers sounded, and the volunteer crew responded.

St Ives RNLI crew return from shout on Friday 3 May

RNLI/Niki Brooks

St Ives RNLI crew return from shout on Friday 3 May

Falmouth coastguard had received a call reporting footwear on a rock so the inshore lifeboat was launched.

The crew arrived on scene and performed a shoreline search, articles were located but no casualties found. Volunteer crew member Jack Coop did a physical check around the rocky area to be sure, and once the Helm Barney Stevens and other crew member Jack Hill were comfortable that a full search had been completed and no casualty was in that area - the crew headed back to the station.

Before the sun had risen, and In the early hours of Saturday 4th May at 4.58am, the pagers sounded again. Falmouth coastguard requested assistance in St Ives harbour to reports of a car underwater. The crew responded and Nick Phillips, Helm launched the inshore lifeboat with crew Jonny Harvey and Ian Timms. Along with other first responders, the main issue was to confirm that there wasn’t anyone trapped in the vehicle, and once that was ascertained our crew provided a supporting role whilst waiting for the tide to change in order for the vehicle to be recovered. Once the vehicle was more visible and the tide was changing, our crew was stood down in order for the appropriate agencies to perform the vehicle recovery.

It was a beautiful. early evening on Sunday 5th May in St Ives, and the pagers were sounded for the third time over the bank holiday.

The request for assistance came in at 5.05pm and the volunteer crew responded. Helm George Deacon, with crew Joel Ninnes and Paul Le Bas launched the inshore lifeboat to reports of a 15ft speedboat with 3 persons onboard, experiencing fuel issues.

On arrival to the vessel located in Carbis Bay, the crews first responsibility was to ensure that all three people were well, and not experiencing any injuries. Once it was confirmed that all persons were fine and without injury, the next requirement was to get the boat and persons back to St Ives harbour. The crew rigged a tow and proceeded to bring the boat back into the harbour and to safety. Ensuring vessel and persons were all well. The boat was then readied once again for service

Notes to editors

- Image 1 – Crew returning from Shout – Niki Brooks

- Image 2 – Sinking Car & Crew in boat – Niki Brooks

- Image 3 – Crew towing speedboat – Niki Brooks

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St Ives RNLI lifeboat pictured alongside the submerged car

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St Ives RNLI lifeboat pictured alongside the submerged car
St Ives RNLI lifeboat towing a vessel into the harbour

RNLI/Niki Brooks

St Ives RNLI lifeboat towing a vessel into the harbour

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