St Ives RNLI launch to 15ft speedboat

Lifeboats News Release

It had just gone 6.15pm on Monday evening (22 July) and the pager sounded for the volunteer crew in St Ives. Reports were coming in from Falmouth Coastguard of a 15ft speedboat in the Hayle Bar area - aground on the sandbank with five persons onboard, with the tide cutting them off.

Ian Timms

Volunteer crew towing speedboat

Our volunteer crew led by Senior Helm George Deacon, wasted no time and they launched the inshore lifeboat and made their way to Hayle Bar. On arrival to the Hayle Bar location, the crew could see that two people had managed to get themselves off the vessel and onto the beach and then to safety. The remaining three people were still aboard.

The crew set about attaching a tow to the speedboat in order to get it away from the sandbank and then proceeded to tow the vessel and the three people safely to Hayle Harbour. The crew then returned to St Ives Lifeboat Station and readied the boat once again for service.


Notes to editors

  • Photo 1 – Crew towing speedboat – Credit Ian Timms
  • Photo 2 – Volunteer Crew (left to right) Nick Phillips, George Deacon, Daisy Jarvis – Credit Niki Brooks

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Niki Brooks

Volunteer crew (left to right: Nick Phillips, George Deacon, Daisy Jarvis)

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