Newquay RNLI lifeboat crew assist yachtsman

Lifeboats News Release

Newquay RNLI lifeboat crew were alerted at 10.44am on Tuesday 11 August and tasked to assist a yachtsman on an eight-metre yacht which was experiencing mechanical difficulties off West Pentire, Crantock.

View from the stern of Newquay lifeboat as yacht is towed to safety in foggy conditions

RNLI/Aaron Trebilcock

Newquay RNLI crew tow yacht to safety in foggy conditions

The charity's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred was launched in foggy conditions and a light north westerly breeze. When they reached the scene, the RNLI volunteers secured a tow line to the yacht and safely towed her to Newquay Harbour, arriving back at 11.50am.

The lifeboat crew were called out again at 1.38 pm on Thursday 13 August to assist the same yacht which had experienced engine failure off Baker's Folly, East Pentire.

Odyssey, a local wildlife adventure boat skippered by one of the lifeboat crew, towed the stricken boat and her skipper to the Fly Cellars near to Newquay Harbour, where the Coastguard requested the lifeboat crew’s assistance to manoeuvre the yacht into harbour as the Odyssey was carrying passengers.

The RNLI crew on the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat recovered the yacht in a light breeze and towed her back into the safety of the harbour at around 2.20pm.

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For more information please contact Andy Hobkinson, Newquay RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at or 07880 507464 or Marianne Quinn, Regional Media Officer at or 07786 668847 or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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