Lifeboat Called To Help Yachts Near Cromwell’s Castle

Cromwell's Castle on Tresco

St. Mary’s lifeboat, The Whiteheads, under the command of coxswain Stuart Hitchins was launched at 3.04am this morning, following a report that two visiting yachts were aground on the rocks near Cromwell’s Castle, Tresco.

The Medley, with two on board, called Falmouth Coastguard for help first and then, a few minutes later, the Sentinel, also with two crew members, appealed for assistance as they were being blown onto rocks.

The low tides and winds meant the lifeboat and coastguard volunteers had to take the long way around Samson and Bryher and approach the boats from the north end of Tresco Channel, arriving on the scene at 3.45am.

The yacht Medley managed to get off the rocks unaided on the rising tide and secured herself to a spare fixed-mooring buoy. The lifeboat crew then launched their Y-boat, the small on-board inflatable, and secured a tow-line to the Sentinel which was then pulled clear of the rocks at 4.00am.