The volunteer lifeboat crews of St Ives and Padstow RNLI were both launched on Saturday night (30 July) to assist a yacht in distress.
The crew of St Ives RNLI were paged at 7.20pm following a distress call from a yacht 30 miles north of St Ives. A 42-foot sailing yacht with four people on board suffered engine failure and was struggling to make speed on sail alone on their journey to Ireland.
St Ives all-weather lifeboat Nora Stachura was launched and took the vessel under tow. The yacht could not be taken back to St Ives harbour as there was no appropriate mechanical support available there to repair the yacht, so the volunteer crew headed for Padstow.
At 10.05pm, the volunteer lifeboat crew at Padstow launched the all-weather lifeboat to meet the vessel 12 miles west of Trevose and take the tow from the St Ives lifeboat. The crew recovered the yacht safely to Padstow Harbour.
Upon leaving the harbour the Padstow crew were contacted by a fishing vessel reporting an injury to one of their crew. The lifeboat crew returned to the harbour to administer first aid and arrange for an ambulance to attend.
The volunteer crew returned to Padstow lifeboat station at 3.15am.
Padstow RNLI Coxswain, Alan Tarby, said: ‘It was great to work with St Ives RNLI and see their fantastic Shannon class lifeboat in action. Great team work and we are glad we could be there to help.’
After more than five hours at sea, St Ives RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew arrived back at the station at 1am.