LIFEBOAT CALLED OUT TO RESCUE MAN OVERBOARD

Scilly's lifeboat was called out again on Monday, this time to aid a speedboat driver who had fallen overboard when the boat ran aground just south of Tean.

Local boat Gemini 2 and passenger vessel Surprise had managed to pull the male out of the water, where he had been for 15-20 minutes. They were also able to stop and secure the speedboat before taking it alongside the Gemini 2, where the driver - who had been its sole occupant - was being warmed and cared for. 

 

He was then transferred to the lifeboat for assessment while the speedboat was secured astern.

 

The St Mary's RNLI Lifeboat Station's Facebook page reports: "Although cold the person was otherwise unharmed and was given a coat and hat and life-jacket (as his had gone off in the water) and the lifeboat's Y boat transferred him to Old Grimsby and into the care of his family and a member of Tresco CRT. 

 

"Another crewman steamed the speed boat over as well and secured it to a moorings."

 

The Facebook post went on to say that the incident was caused by the speedboat driver not correctly securing the kill cord to his leg. 

 

The Surprise recently returned to service following an incident in mid-May when 50 people had to be rescued after it started taking on water.

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