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Padstow RNLI volunteer crew had an early start today launching at 7:30am to reports of a yacht in difficulties between Trevose Head and The Quies. The yacht was suffering with engine failure and with very little wind, was at risk of drifting towards the rocks.

The lifeboat arrived on scene and after assessing the situation Coxswain Richard Pitman made the decision that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist. A tow was established and the yacht was taken safely to mooring in the River Camel.

The crew returned to the lifeboat station at 9:40am.

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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