St Ives continue to respond to multiple call outs per week.
Another busy week for the crew as the call out number for this year has considerably passed last years number of 42.
On Wednesday 25th September, the volunteer crew were out taking part in their regular training session, then at 6.37pm Falmouth Coastguard requested the all-weather lifeboat and crew respond to reports of a 14-metre sailing vessel, 6 miles West of St Ives in the Gurnards Head area. It was also relayed that there were two persons onboard, and the vessels engine was failing, and the sail was stuck half the way up the mast. The crew quickly responded, Deputy Second Coxswain Robin Langford, with volunteer crew Nick Phillips, Jake Martin, Neil Brooks, Clare Goode, Sue Antcliff and Mike Laity quickly made their way to the location.
On arrival at the vessel, the crew quickly assessed the situation, at this point there were no casualties, and the vessel was in no immediate danger. The crew quickly set about organising a tow to the vessel, and once attached proceeded to tow the vessel to safety in St Ives Bay.
On Friday 27th September at 12.05pm, the pagers sounded again, and the crew responded. Falmouth Coastguard requested assistance, there were reports of a single-handed yachtsman in St Ives Bay, with engine issues and struggling to get his anchor up due to weather conditions. Volunteer Helm Nick Phillips launched the inshore lifeboat with volunteer crew Jack Coop, Jack Hill and Sue Antcliff. The crew quickly arrived on scene, volunteer crew member Jack Coop boarded the vessel and assisted in retrieving the anchor. The crew then proceeded to attach a tow and bring the casualty vessel back onto their own anchor into more sheltered areas. No issues or injuries to report.
Then on Sunday 29th September at 9.56am the pagers sounded once more. Falmouth Coastguard requested assistance to reports of an 8-foot inflatable yacht tender in St Ives Bay. The tender had suffered engine failure whilst on route to a yacht. The volunteer crew quickly launched the inshore lifeboat and made their way to the vessel. On arrival the crew quickly organised a tow and made their way with the inflatable yacht tender back to St Ives station. No injuries to report.
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.