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Padstow volunteer lifeboat crew had a late night on Sunday (20 February), launching at 18 minutes past midnight in extremely challenging conditions.

A Belgian beamer was in difficulties 12 miles north west of Newquay.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 2.35am as the skipper of the beamer was attempting repairs and recovering his fishing gear.

As the beamer was heading towards the shore the lifeboat crew escorted it away from land and after assessing the situation it was decided that the vessel was in a suitable state of repair and the skipper was happy to make his way back to Zeebrugge.

The lifeboat crew were stood down and returned to the station at 5.45am.

Reflecting on the conditions Coxswain Richard Pitman said “with the third consecutive storm the sea was large, storm force 10 to 11. This is why the crew have regular training and they were well prepared to deal with the conditions. We are glad it was a positive outcome and the Beamer could continue on her journey”

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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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