St Mary's RNLI rescue single-handed yachtsman

Lifeboats News Release

A lone sailor 24 nautical miles South South West of the Isles of Scilly requested help as his yacht was taking in water.

The volunteer crew of St. Mary's lifeboat coxswained by Peter Hicks reached the casualty approximately an hour after launching at 2pm on Wednesday 10 August.
Although the sailor has managed to stem the flow it was decided to place two crew members with a savage pump on board the vessel as a precaution. The assessment was that the water ingress was coming from the prop shaft, which meant using the engine to reach St. Mary's would probably flood the yacht.
Consequently, a tow line was passed aboard and the yacht was successfully towed back to St. Mary's harbour and was placed at anchor as there were no visitor's moorings available.
The lifeboat was then refuelled at 6pm and placed back on the moorings ready for service.

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