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.


3 Responses to Lifeboat Called To Porthcressa Bay

  1. Adelheid Greven July 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks to the fantastic crew of the Whiteheads! It was a rather unexpected first contact with the Isles of Scilly, but we only have met warm, helpful people. Also thanks to divers Pete and Charlie Carrs and Tom for getting us anchor back and fixing our throttle cable. Also this remark: we went to Porthcressa because the Reeds Nautical Almanac mentioned that with strong NW the harbour of St Mary’s was a bad choice and Porthcressa more protected. There was nothing on ‘bad holding ground’… I will send a remark to the Reeds anyhow. And what is not in the article: we not just dragged our anchor, but on top of that, we had trouble with the throttle cable. Murphy’s law… Anyhow, I hope to come back to the Scilly’s one day, in better conditions 🙂 Heidi & Las

  2. Simon July 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    what if it does happen though and the rescue is delayed because of the moorings. I heard that the few that have gone down, caused a few problems last night.

  3. Tamar July 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I know that the moorings in Porthcressa are very unpopular, but isn’t this the sort of thing they are hoping to prevent? I don’t know much about sailing, but I know that this seems to happen at least once a year.