First shout of 2014 for St Ives lifeboat cews
The crews of the St Ives lifeboats had an early morning wake up call when they were paged at 5:44am last week.
The call out on Wednesday, to a local fishing boat off Porthminster Point, was the station’s first shout of 2014.
The 18 foot Plymouth pilot Girl Cherry, with two on board, had become fouled up in her own nets, and could not get her auxilliary engine to start, so called Falmouth Coastguard for assistance.
The lifeboats were paged at 5:44 am, and the St Ives inshore lifeboat was quickly launched by 5:50am.
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Although it was dark with Force 5 winds, conditions were fairly benign under Porthminster point, according to the crew, and so, being so close to St Ives harbour, the all weather lifeboat was not launched but stood ready.
The inshore lifeboat crew quickly got the fishing boat under tow and took her back to St Ives harbour where she was tied up alongside Smeatons Pier by 6:08am, with the lifeboat back on it's carriage shortly after.