Padstow’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew launched at 7am this morning (Monday 8 June) to a 35 foot yacht which had neither engine or sail power. The crew established a tow and brought the yacht and its three crew safely into Padstow harbour.
The yacht, which was travelling from Kilmore Quay in Ireland to Padstow had alerted the Coastguard at around 10pm on Sunday evening that it would need assistance coming into the harbour as it had suffered engine failure. It was also having trouble with the sails which had jammed in the rigging.
As the tide was out and the Camel Estuary would not be accessible until the morning, the yacht’s crew were happy to continue on route to Padstow under the power of a small sail until the lifeboat was launched at 7am.
Alan Tarby, RNLI volunteer Coxswain says;
‘Thankfully the conditions were calm and the yachts three crew were able to make their way very slowly under one small sail to within 7 miles of Padstow. At which point we picked them up, attaching a tow and bringing them safely into the harbour where they can start looking at getting her back up and running. After the early start, the volunteer crew were back at work by 11am.’