Shouts 2013

07 June 2013 - Padstow Lifeboat launches to assist Round Great Britain row 2013 challengers

Padstow RNLI lifeboat Tamar class 'Spirit of Padstow' was paged at 9.30am today (Friday 7th June) to go to the aid of one of the entrants in this year's Round Great Britain Row Challenge which left London's Tower Bridge last week.

The rowing boat with 4 men and two women onboard got into difficulties in rough seas, 40 miles N.N.W. off Trevose Head when the 26 ft boat suffered damage to the boat's steering system, forcing them to call for assistance and quit the race.

On arrival at the scene the boats occupants were taken onboard the lifeboat.The boat was then tied alongside the lifeboat which then proceeded to tow the boat slowly back to Padstow harbour arriving in Padstow at 5.15pm.

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station at Trevose Head at 5.45pm after almost 8 hours at sea.

21 May 2013 - Padstow Lifeboat launches to assist fishing boat

Padstow RNLI lifeboat Tamar class 'Spirit of Padstow' launched at 2.16pm today
(Tuesday 21st May) to go to the aid of a local fishing vessel experiencing engine problems.
The vessel was already under tow by another fishing boat but was unable to make headway due to sea conditions.
On arrival at the scene just off Stepper Point the lifeboat proceeded to take over the tow and bring the vessel up the river towards Padstow.
Whilst under tow the vessel's crew managed to get the engine started, so the lifeboat released the tow and escorted the vessel up the channel into Padstow Harbour.

23 May 2013 - Joint early morning rescue by Padstow and Newquay’s RNLI volunteers

Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews from both Padstow and Newquay were tasked this morning (Thursday 23 May) to the aid of a single handed yachtsman who'd injured his hand on passage in rough seas

The skipper of the yacht had been at sea for most of the night, having set off from Milford Haven in strong force 6 to 7 gusting winds. During passage, the hatch of the 26 foot yacht had slammed on his hand, and he'd been forced to request assistance from Falmouth Coastguard.

Padstow's volunteer crew launched the RNLI all weather Tamar lifeboat The Spirit of Padstow at 6.12am this morning, on reaching the casualty, the seas were too big to be able to transfer a crew member on board the yacht safely. Communicating by radio, Padstow RNLI advised the yacht's skipper to head towards Newquay and some shelter and requested the backup of Newquay RNLI.

Newquay's Atlantic inshore RNLI lifeboat with four volunteer crew onboard were on scene at 8.08am and as the inshore lifeboat is smaller, were able to get alongside the yacht and put RNLI crew member and paramedic, Christian Brown onboard to assess the casualty's injuries. As well as being tired and exhausted after being a sea in challenging conditions all night, the skipper needed hospital attention for his injuries. He was transferred to the Newquay inshore lifeboat, and transferred back to Newquay where paramedics were waiting on scene.

Meanwhile Padstow lifeboat stood by and took the yacht in tow and began a long, six hour passage back to Padstow harbour.

Michael England, RNLI Station Mechanic said;

'Conditions at sea were extremely rough, with a strong wind and big seas, it was great team work between the two RNLI teams from the two stations to provide assistance to the yachtsman and ensure he had immediate hospital treatment. It's been a long passage back to Padstow for the volunteer crew, in total they will have been at sea for eight hours. Although arduous to them, we should thank their family's and places of work, who generously allow them this time to provide this service to those in need.'

12 May 2013 - Padstow Lifeboat launches to assist yacht

Padstow RNLI lifeboat Tamar class 'Spirit of Padstow' launched at 8.05pm tonight (Sunday 12th May) to go to the aid of a yacht en route from Ireland making its way to Padstow.

The yacht, first reported problems some 9 miles NW of Padstow, reporting trouble with the vessels engines and experiencing trouble sailing due to weather conditions. The crew managed to make their way to Newland Island where the lifeboat crew met the yacht and fixed a tow.

The lifeboat then proceeded to tow the yacht into the inner harbour at Padstow.