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Disabled motor cruiser taken in tow

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of St Mary's RNLI lifeboat went to the aid of a motor cruiser en-route from Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly on Thursday September 5.

The motor cruiser with three people on board had broken down approximately three and a half miles east of St Mary's and was drifting close to the Traffic Separation Scheme.
The Isles of Scilly Steamship ferry, the Scillonian III, which was on her passage back to Penzance, stood by until the lifeboat, commanded by Phil Woodcock, was launched at 5.24pm.
The stricken vessel was taken in tow and arrived in the safety of St Mary's harbour at approximately 7pm. The RNLI lifeboat was immediately refuelled and made ready for further service.

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