Falmouth RNLI crew assist on 3 incidents in one evening
Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard and crew went to the help of three different vessels in need of assistance on Wednesday 15 July.
Launching at 6.57pm from Falmouth lifeboat station, Helm Jamie Wakefield and crew Tom Bird, Tamara Brookes and Chris Simpson made their way up the Carrick Roads to assist the occupants of a 4m open boat broken down off Ski Beach. Having checked the occupants, who had swum ashore were uninjured, the boat and group were towed back to Mylor Harbour.
With the inshore lifeboat released and returning to the station, the crew became aware of a sailing dinghy that had previously accompanied the first casualty vessel, was now unable to make any headway in the wind. Diverting to assist the occupants who were facing rigging issues, the inshore lifeboat took the dinghy under tow again to Mylor Harbour where it was safely secured at 7.57pm.
Heading back to Falmouth harbour, the volunteer crew saw a 3 metre rib with one occupant that had broken down, and so proceeded to assist. The vessel was taken under tow into the inner harbour and released when the occupant was able to row to their berth.
The inshore lifeboat then returned to the station, was refuelled and made ready for service by 8.40pm.
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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.