Volunteers launch both lifeboats to search for casualty whilst St Ives sleeps

Lifeboats News Release

Both our inshore and all weather lifeboats were needed tonight

RNLI/Niki Brooks

All weather lifeboat launching
Both vessels were launched at request of Falmouth Coastguard at 12.21am, and they quickly made their way to Bassetts Cove to assist in a search for a potential casualty that had caused some concern.

On arrival to the location, the crew quickly set about performing an in-depth search of the target area, after some considerable time, as well as all of the crew performing a number of duties to support the search, no potential casualty had been located.

At this point it was decided that the crew could be stood down and they returned to the station. A quick call out and congratulations to Charles Anderson Smith, who attended his first shout tonight.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Charles Anderson-Smith's first shout

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