St Ives volunteer crew launch twice in 3 hours

Lifeboats News Release

For what is turning out to be a very busy season so far for St Ives RNLI, the crew launched our lifeboats twice within 3 hours.

All weather Lifeboat launching

RNLI/Niki Brooks

The First call came in on Tuesday 4th August at 3.17pm, Falmouth coastguard requested our assistance, and the crew responded immediately.

The volunteer crew launched the all weather lifeboat to the Western Carracks area, where a local vessel was experiencing engine issues.

On arrival the crew assessed the casualty vessel, and decided the best course of action was to attach a tow and bring the vessel back safely to St Ives harbour, so they got underway quickly and returned the vessel back home.

Then just over 3 hours later at 6.51pm the pagers sounded again. Once more Falmouth Coastguard needed assistance.

Helm Barney Stevens launched the inshore lifeboat with volunteers Jake Martin and Jack Hill, to the Gwithian and Godrevy Point area. There were reports of a dinghy in need of assistance. The crew got underway in lumpy conditions and quickly arrived on scene. Portreath cliff rescue were also present.

Fortunately on arrival at the location the potential casualties along with their dingy had safely self rescued, therefore our crew were stood down and they made their way back to the station.

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