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Capsized sailor is plucked from sea by lifeboat crew

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 07, 2012

  • Rescuers - The crew of the Spirit Of Padstow (pictured) plucked a sailor from the sea off Trevone Head.

  • SEA RESCUE: One of the yachtsmen about to be winched into the helicopter from the deck of the Padstow lifeboat, inset left.

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THE Padstow lifeboat crew rescued a man from the sea after they answered a mayday call from a yacht that capsized half a mile from Trevose Head.

Reaching the scene, the crew discovered both the yacht's crew had initially been washed overboard.

A man in his eighties had managed to climb back on board the yacht, which had righted itself, and told the crew that the other sailor, a man in his twenties, had been swept away towards Trevose Head.

An RNLI spokeswoman said: "In difficult weather conditions the lifeboat crew managed to transfer crew volunteers Steve Swabey and Ryan Masters to the yacht to assist the skipper, and an immediate search commenced.

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"After a few minutes the man was located and taken on board the lifeboat.

"A helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was sent to the scene and using a high-line transfer airlifted the yacht skipper and the crew member from the lifeboat before taking them to the Royal Cornwall Hospital."

The lifeboat crew had been on a routine exercise off Harlyn Bay on August 29 when they were alerted to the yacht's plight shortly after 6pm.

The crew volunteers included coxswain James Chown, mechanic Mike England, Tom Norfolk, Olly Myles, Joe Small, James Swabey, Steve Swabey and Ryan Masters.

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