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St Mary's RNLI tow French trimaran to safety

Lifeboats News Release

A second shout in two days for the volunteer crew of St. Mary's lifeboat.

A call for assistance from a 50 foot French trimaran was received at 11 am on Thursday 7 July 2022.
The yacht's crew found themselves in trouble some 10 nautical miles WSW of the islands when they lost the mast and then couldn't get their engine running.
After confirming that everyone on board the French yacht was OK, the lifeboat crew passed over a tow line and the huge trimaran was towed to St. Mary's.
The yacht was too large to use one of the visitor moorings in the harbour and as they were not carrying an anchor, the St. Mary's harbour staff provided an anchor and cable just outside the harbour. St. Mary's coxswain, Peter Hicks thanked the staff for their assistance and the lifeboat was then refuelled and returned to her mooring.

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