St Ives Launches to reports of ill crew
Just before 10am on Tuesday 21 January, the pager sounded and the volunteer crew responded. Falmouth coastguard had requested the all weather lifeboat for service in response to a crew member needing assessment on a vessel 25 miles off of St Ives head.
The lifeboat crew launched quickly, and got underway. They were only a few miles underway, and they were notified from Falmouth Coastguard that Search and Rescue helicopter 924 was onsite with the vessel and an unwell crew member from the casualty vessel had been taken onboard. At this point the crew were stood down and they returned to the station and prepared the lifeboat once again for service.
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.