The volunteer crew of the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat from Padstow were launched on Monday (10th September) to go to the assistance of a fishing boat.
The emergency pagers sounded for the crew at Padstow at 6.15am, launching at 6.30am onboard the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Padstow. The Newquay Crabber suffered fuel tank problems seven miles off Trevose Head.
On arrival at the scene the lifeboat took the vessel in tow and proceeded to tow her to Padstow harbour for repairs.
On leaving the harbour at Padstow, Falmouth Coastguard asked if the crew could help in a search for a large metal Navigation Buoy that had travelled across the Atlantic from America and had been spotted off Padstow and was a danger to shipping.
Whilst on route to the search position the Coastguard received a 999 call from a yacht in trouble south west of Bude. The yacht had become dismasted and was drifting; the lifeboat was then tasked away from their present search to the yacht’s position.
On arrival to the yacht the lifeboat’s Y-boat was launched and assisted the yacht’s crew in cutting away the sails and mast. After fixing a tow to the yacht the lifeboat then began a three hour tow back to Padstow.
The crew who had been at sea for nine hours were Coxswain Alan Tarby, Mechanic Mike England, Richard Pitman, Ian Kitto, Steve Conium, Tom Norfolk and Steve Swabey.