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RNLI St Ives lifeboat assist a drifting sailing boat.

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI St Ives launched to assist a small sailing boat which was drifting.

RNLI/Russell Bush

RNLI St Ives Inshore Lifeboat

Just before sunrise at 3:32am this morning the pagers sounded. Our Inshore Lifeboat was used to take the volunteer crew out to the All Weather Lifeboat moored offshore. With Rob Cocking as helm and a volunteer crew the All Weather Lifeboat went out to assist a nine metre sailing boat about a mile NorthWest of St Ives.

The boat had got caught up in a lobster pot line and was drifting. It was decided to tow the boat further in and wait for high tide when it could brought into the harbour to be untangled.

The All Weather Lifeboat was then put on the mooring in the bay and the crew were bought back to the station on the Inshore Lifeboat. The craft was then washed down and made ready for service.

RNLI/Russell Bush

Towing the sailing boat

RNLI/Russell Bush

The All Weather Lifeboat and sailing boat

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