The pagers sounded for the volunteer crew at 10.30am this morning, Falmouth Coastguard had received a request for assistance from a yacht.
Rob Cocking, Coxswain launched the all weather lifeboat with the volunteer crew and they got underway 2.5 miles Nor North West off St Ives.
On arrival the crew assessed the situation. The Yacht was caught on a pot marker buoy. The sail was also up, and the onboard persons couldn't get it down as it wasn't head to sea.
The crew attached a tow, and put a crew member onto the vessel. They then brought the vessel round head to sea so the sail could be dropped. As the sail was dropped, the lifeboat crew held onto the vessel for a few minutes so the onboard crew member could see where the line was, with the tension on the line the marker buoy that was trapped between the rudder and the prop came free. With that our volunteer crew member, asked the onboard persons to start the engine up again and proceeded on for approximately half a mile to check everything was in order. Once this was confirmed, the volunteer crew member returned to the lifeboat and the yacht then proceeded on its onward journey.
The crew then made their way back to the station.
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.