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St Mary's RNLI assist yacht on the rocks in the early hours

Lifeboats News Release

A yacht with three people on board requested help in the Isles of Scilly as they had struck rocks and were taking in water.

The volunteer crew of St. Mary's RNLI lifeboat received a call at 1.45am on Tuesday (27 June) that a yacht was aground on an ebbing tide. Once on the scene, in Porthcressa Bay, the crew, under the command of coxswain Peter Hicks, launched the smaller Y boat to check on the safety of the three people on board and to examine the damage to the hull.

The crew set the yacht's anchor into deeper water to prevent the boat moving further onto the rocks and then transferred the three people onto the lifeboat, after they'd collected their personal belongings and documents.

The lifeboat then returned to St. Mary's harbour where the casualties were handed over to local Coastguard team.

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