St Ives RNLI launch to emergency location beacon

Lifeboats News Release

It was 6.04pm and a wet and murky January night when St Ives volunteer crew responded to their pagers.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Inshore Lifeboat and Crew

Falmouth Coastguard requested both of our lifeboats due to reports of an emergency location beacon.

The crew launched quickly, getting underway to the Hayle Harbour area where the beacon was located.

Our all weather lifeboat was requested to perform an offshore search three miles off, and our inshore lifeboat was requested to execute an inshore search. Rescue helicopter 924 was also on scene and was able to pinpoint the exact location as Hayle harbour.

The crew quickly located an EPIRB on a submerged and abandoned vessel. The crew were able to secure the beacon, deactivate it and recover it on board the lifeboat. Thankfully this was not an emergency and no casualties were involved or injured.

The crew then returned to the station to prepare once again for service.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Shore Crew

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