Lifeboat Called To Porthcressa Bay

St Mary's Lifeboat, RNLB The Whiteheads

St. Mary’s lifeboat, The Whiteheads, responded to a call for help 12.40am on Saturday morning from a 39ft French yacht, Pat Panique, with two people on board.

It was dragging its anchor in Porthcressa Bay and in danger of ending up on the rocks.

The lifeboat, under the command of Peter Hicks, decided to launch the Y-boat, the lifeboat’s inflatable, in order to attach a line.

St. Mary’s Coastguard team were on watch on the shore.

A couple of flares were let off to aid visibility in the driving rain that resulted in another French yacht in St. Mary’s harbour reporting to Falmouth Coastguard that red flares had been seen.

They were reassured that they actually came from the lifeboat and it was not a distress call.

The yacht was taken in tow at 1.23am to a safe mooring in St. Mary’s Harbour.


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