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St Mary's RNLI called to yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of St Mary's lifeboat was called to assist a ketch that had struck a rock on Monday (31 July).

The lifeboat was launched at 12.25pm to go to the help of a yacht with two people on board that was rapidly taking in water. The ketch was on a short passage around Tresco to find a new mooring when it struck a rock.

Once on the scene, the crew transferred a salvage pump and helped the skipper investigate the leak.

It was apparent, after removing some of the decking, that the keel and surrounding area had suffered damage. The lifeboat then remained alongside with the pumps running until there was enough tide to escort the stricken vessel to St Mary's harbour where she could dry out and a proper investigation of the damage could be carried out.

The lifeboat then refuelled and returned to her mooring ready for service.

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