Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers responded to a mayday call from a local fishing boat yesterday when it began taking on water eight miles offshore.
Five days after demonstrating their rescue skills to the public at Newquay Lifeboat Day, Newquay inshore lifeboat, Padstow all-weather lifeboat and the Search & Rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose all responded.
The call came at 10.42am when fishermen on the Galcadora reported water around the boat’s engine.
The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat arrived first at the scene to find the fishermen had managed to stem the intake of water, which was caused from a burst pipe in the system used to wash the boat deck.
A Royal Navy Search & Rescue helicopter was already overhead and the Padstow all-weather lifeboat was on its way when the Newquay lifeboat crew were able to confirm that the situation aboard Galcadora had been stabilised and all the crew were safe.
A spokesperson for the RNLI said: “The fishermen were happy to return to Newquay Harbour under their own power, escorted by another local fishing boat Tizzardlee-On, so the helicopter and both lifeboats were thanked for their prompt response and stood down by Falmouth Coastguard.”
Newquay lifeboat returned to the station at midday.