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The volunteer RNLI crew had a late call out at the weekend, launching just after midnight on Saturday 19 June 2021. A 32ft ketch approximately 5 miles north of Pentire Head had engine failure and a crew member suffering from seasickness.

Once on scene our Coxswain assessed the situation and made the decision that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist. The vessel was towed into Padstow and was safely moored in the inner quay at 1.35am. Padstow lifeboat returned to station where she was refuelled and ready for service at 2.15am.

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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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