St Ives respond to multiple shouts in busiest week so far for 2021
Its been a busy couple of weeks for the volunteer crew here at St Ives Lifeboat Station with multiple call outs around the busy St Ives area.
With a call for the Inshore Lifeboat on the 11th June for a person with a disability along with their carer being cut off by the tide. The crew rescued both persons and the wheelchair back to safety.
Another call on the 14th June for the Inshore Lifeboat to assist someone who was in the water near the Hayle estuary. The crew worked with Devon & Cornwall police to assist the potential casualty to safety.
A call on the 17th for both boats to be launched for kayaker who had ran into difficulty - again assisted by the crew.
The pagers sounded again on the morning of the 21st of June to launch the all-weather lifeboat to a yacht that was caught in discarded fishing net, the crew assisted the vessel and crew back to the safety of the mooring.
Later the same day the pager sounded for the second time to assist a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) that had gearbox failure - again assisting the persons back to the safety of the harbour.
The pagers sounded again to launch the inshore lifeboat to investigate an overturned inflatable dinghy in the harbour.
Its been a very busy few days for the lifeboat crew. St Ives Lifeboat Spokesperson Niki Brooks said “We want everyone to enjoy our coastline safely, therefore we strongly recommend that anyone wishing to use the beaches and enter the water do so on a lifeguarded beach, familiarise themselves with local tide times, sea conditions and check out the rnli website for a wealth of safety information on how to enjoy the coast safely’.
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.