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Yacht with injured crew member towed to safety

Lifeboats News Release

For the second time in one afternoon, the volunteer crew of St. Mary's lifeboat went to the rescue of a yacht.

Following an earlier shout that was dealt with by the local Sea Fisheries vessel, a second call for help from the lifeboat was received at 6.30 pm on August 16.
The small yacht with two people on board was struggling in strong winds several miles south of St. Agnes. One crew member had a cut leg and the other was finding it difficult to control the yacht and make for a safe mooring before dark.
The position of the casualty was only an estimate, so the volunteer crew of the lifeboat, led by coxswain Peter Hicks, used radar and binoculars to locate the vessel.
Once on the scene, the crew were informed that the deep cut to the shin had been dressed and was assessed as OK, but they had engine problems and were struggling to drop the sails.
The lifeboat then put two crew members on board to help getting the sails down and to establish a tow. The yacht was then towed to a sheltered bay as there were no available moorings in St. Mary's harbour. The vessel was placed on anchor and an engineer called to address the problems with their engine.

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