Two are saved from lugger off Cornwall after 999-text message
A traditional lugger stranded off the Cornish coast with no engine, sails, working radio or mobile phone signal was rescued after a crewman managed to send a 999 text message.
The two-masted ship, Ibis, had got into difficulties on Tuesday night when its sails blew out in a fresh northeasterly wind.
With no working engine or radio signal and being out of reach of a mobile phone coverage, the two-man crew were forced to drop anchor overnight.
Eventually, they managed to get a text message through to a friend, who alerted the coastguard.
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With only scant information volunteer RNLI crews from St Ives and Sennen had to comb the coastline, with the former heading west and the latter east. It was initially thought the lugger might be in the Porthminster area of St Ives Bay, or by Pendeen.
The Ibis was eventually found at anchor in Morvah Bay, about a mile east of Portheras Cove, and was then towed into Newlyn.