Newquay RNLI volunteers called after charter boat parts moorings in storm
Newquay RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 6.18pm on Friday (2 October) and asked to assemble at the lifeboat station, after a local charter boat's moorings parted within the harbour in gale force north-easterly winds.
At 6.23pm following careful assessment of conditions, the decision was made to launch the charity's D class inshore lifeboat to assist the boat's skipper, local fishermen and off-duty RNLI volunteers, one of whom had managed to get aboard from the quay and attach two lines to help gain control of the nine-metre boat.
With spray breaking over the north quay at high tide in 40mph winds and gale force eight conditions, the RNLI crew on the D class inshore lifeboat were able to board the drifting boat and assist members of the public securing her to a new mooring. With the charter boat safely secured, the lifeboat was recovered at 7pm with assistance from other members of the RNLI crew working ashore in full protective equipment and the inshore lifeboat was made ready for service.
A spokesperson said: 'This was an excellent turnout of our RNLI volunteers and harbour community who all played a part in making the boat safe and ensuring no members of the public were put at risk during her recovery'.
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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.