Afternoon callout see's St Ives Lifeboat crew launching to action twice

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The pagers sounded at 3.25pm

Inshore lifeboat returning

RNLI/Niki Brooks


Helm, Ian Timms launched the lifeboat with crew Jamie Oatham, Jake Martin and Jack Hill. A 28ft yacht had contacted the coastguard, with reports of a rudder issue.

The crew arrived within a moment as the yacht happened to have moored on the RNLI outside mooring in the bay, and were assessing the situation, when they were suddenly retasked.

A report from the lifeguards at Porthmeor had come through and they’d requested the inshore lifeboat for a kayak that had overturned and a potential casualty was in the water. As the yacht was completely safe and secure at this point, the crew got underway to Portmeor. Luckily when the crew arrived at the location, the lifeguards had actually managed to secure the kayak and the casualty. The crew then got back underway and returned to the yacht.
Once back with the yacht, they set to work on releasing rope from round the rudder which was the main issue that the yacht was experiencing. Once completed the crew ensured there were no other issues, then made their way back to the station and readied the boot once again for service.

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