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Back to back shouts for St Mary's RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A busy night on Wednesday 7 August for the volunteer crew of St Mary's lifeboat commanded by coxswain Peter Hicks as they had two similar shouts in quick succession.

The first call for assistance came from a yacht with five people on board at 10.55pm that was drifting with no power 6 nautical miles west of the Isles of Scilly. The casualty was reached at 11.40pm and successfully towed back to St Mary's harbour.

The second shout came at 1.01am from another yacht, also drifting without power with three people on board about 10 miles east of the islands, close to the Traffic Separation Scheme between the islands and the mainland of Cornwall.

That yacht was also successfully towed back to St Mary's harbour and the RNLI lifeboat The Whiteheads was placed back onto the moorings ready for further service at 3.30am.

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