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St Mary's lifeboat assist two stranded dinghy sailors

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of St. Mary's lifeboat The Whiteheads, under the command of Peter Hicks, was launched at 7.20am on Thursday 21 June to go to the aid of two stranded dinghy sailors.

Falmouth Coastguard had received a 999 call for help after the sailor's Mirror dinghy had washed ashore on an uninhabited island after their sails had blown out in the fresh to strong north easterly wind.

After establishing the island as Guthers, between St. Mary's and St. Martin's, the lifeboat crew, once on site, launched the inflatable Y boat to pick up the casualties. Neither of them were injured and they were transferred to The Whiteheads. An inter-island passenger launch was also on the scene, which collected the casualties and returned them to the quay. The lifeboat's Y boat towed the dinghy to Higher Town Beach on St. Martin's.

The shout was also notable for being the first rescue attended by the coxswain's son, Cameron Hicks,

The lifeboat then returned to St. Mary's harbour, refuelled and made ready for service.

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