The St Mary’s Lifeboat Crew had their first shout of 2016 on Sunday.

It was also the first shout for Pete Hicks as the Lifeboat Station’s Coxswain since taking over from Stuart Hitchens in January.


The Lifeboat was launched at 1.45pm to a single-handed yacht stricken in 40-knot winds and rough sea conditions three nautical miles north west of Mincarlo.


The yachtsman had requested assistance after damage was sustained to his hull.


The Lifeboat Station reported events on their Facebook page.


Upon arrival at the scene the Lifeboat passed a tow and embarked on a slow tow to St Mary's into the wind and rough seas.


After some 45 minutes the yacht's forestay unfurled slightly and caught in the crosstrees of the mast.


The yachtsman asked if the lifeboat could tow downwind to free it but the mainsail then blew up and over the coachroof so a course was reset for St Mary’s.


Once back at the harbour, three crewmen launched the Y-Class Lifeboat to assist the yachtsman to untangle the sail.


According to the RNLI website,The St Mary’s Lifeboat Station has a remarkable history of bravery, with 56 awards for gallantry being presented to the crews over its 170 year history.

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