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St Mary's RNLI tow fishing vessel to safety

Lifeboats News Release

St. Mary's RNLI all weather lifeboat received a shout at 7.25am on 26 September to go to the aid of a Newlyn based fishing vessell that had lost all power some 38 nautical miles north west of the Isles of Scilly .

Taken from the stern showing the tow-line to the stricken fishing vessel.

RNLI/Steve Watt

Lifeboat tow
The RNLI lifeboat with its volunteer crew led by Coxswain Peter Hicks arrived on the scene at 9.40am.

Bearing in mind the extreme forecast for the next 24-hours due to Storm Agnes it was agreed to tow the stricken vessel back towards safety.

Fortunately the sea conditions were moderate and a slow tow began, heading for the Sevenstones Lightship where the tow could be taken over by Penlee lifeboat in order to proceed to Newlyn.

St. Mary's lifeboat was then stood down and she returned to St. Mary's harbour to be refuelled and made ready for service, some eleven hours after launching.

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