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Padstow RNLI volunteer crew were out for over 7 hours’ yesterday (10th January 2022) after they launched at 2.12pm to reports of a yacht needing assistance.

The yacht was 4 miles north west of Tintagel Head. Once on scene the situation was assessed and the lifeboat escorted the yacht to Padstow.

Due to the tide the yacht had to be anchored at Stepper Point initially. Once the tide was high enough the lifeboat escorted the yacht into Padstow Harbour.

The lifeboat returned to the station and was refuelled and ready for service by 9.40pm.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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