Newquay RNLI crew assist fishing boat
Newquay RNLI volunteers responded to their pagers on Monday morning (8 March) and were tasked to assist a fishing vessel with two crew onboard, experiencing engine difficulties approximately eight miles west of Towan Head.
At 9.32am the volunteer crew launched the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, Gladys Mildred in calm seas and a gentle north westerly breeze.
On arrival at the 11-metre fishing vessel, which was on passage from Bideford to Newlyn, they were underway but experiencing intermittent engine failure.
After escorting the fishing boat for a short distance, the issue continued, so a towline was connected and the RNLI crew towed the fishing boat to the safety of Newquay Harbour to await repair.
Gladys Mildred returned to the lifeboat station and was ready for service at midday after a full clean and refuelling.
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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.