Newquay RNLI crew assist fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

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.

RNLI crew on Newquay's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat manoeuvre fishing boat alongside harbour quay

RNLI/Kev Goulding

Newquay RNLI crew assist fishing boat into harbour


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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