Mystery buoy a big job for St Ives lifeboat
ST IVES inshore lifeboat rushed to the rescue yesterday afternoon after reports of a liferaft in the water off Godrevy.
The RIB was launched at 2:15pm on Tuesday with Robert Cocking and George Deacon on board.
But when they arrived at what looked from a distance to be a classic orange liferaft off Bassets Cove, they found something a little different.
The mystery object was actually a six foot diameter steel buoy - its sides rusted to an orange hue - floating in the water.
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It was decided to take the buoy under tow back to St Ives so that it no longer posed a danger to shipping.
The ILB towed the buoy, which they estimated weighed a couple of tons, slowly back to St Ives, making only four or five knots at most.
When they arrived back at St Ives harbour the all weather lifeboat tractor had to be used to tow it across sand in the harbour at low tide, to the delight of watching holidaymakers.
It was taken to the top of the beach by the main Slipway above the high water mark, where it was handed to the harbour master for further action.
St Ives RNLI’s Derek Hall said: “The sight of the inshore lifeboat and then the ALB tractor towing the 6ft buoy attracted a huge amount of attention from the holiday makers and locals crowding on the beach, with many people joking about what it might be.
“It is thought that the buoy is likely to be a ship’s anchor buoy which must have come adrift, and looks to have been floating at sea for some time.”