RNLI Torbay lifeboat called out twice as pirates head for Brixham …

Lifeboats News Release

It’s gearing up to be a busy weekend in Brixham as the RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat was called out twice in one day, and a huge Spanish galleon sailed into the harbour ready for the port’s Pirate Festival …

RNLI/Vicki Bowen

RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat returning from the tasking to dismasted yacht Kumuka

The crew’s pagers were first alerted at around 3.15am on the morning of Thursday 3 May, tasked to reports that a fisherman had fallen from the quayside in Brixham, landing on his boat some distance below at low tide and sustaining a possible serious hip injury. The all-weather volunteer lifeboat crew were quickly on scene and able to extract the fisherman from the vessel to the pontoon, where a waiting land ambulance crew transported the casualty to hospital. Local coastguard teams were also in attendance.

Later the same morning (at around 9.15am) many watched as beautiful Spanish ship El Galeon Andalucia sailed majestically into Brixham’s harbour where she moored alongside the Visitor Pontoon in readiness for the town’s popular Pirate Festival which takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Around lunchtime at 1.55pm the RNLI volunteer crew were tasked again, this time to 28.6' yacht (Kumuka) which had completely de-masted around 2 miles east of the Ore Stone. The volunteer crew of Severn Class all-weather lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes attended, assisting in removing the rigging, tangled mast and cutting away the sail which freed the yacht to proceed cautiously under engine power to a safe mooring in Brixham Marina, escorted by the lifeboat.

Despite losing the vessel’s mast, two persons on board the yacht were thankfully uninjured, and the lifeboat crew arrived back in Brixham at around 4pm. Local coastguards teams were again in attendance. The Alec & Christina Dykes returned to station to refuel, and was ready for any further activity - piratical or otherwise! - at the start of what promises to be a very busy weekend in Brixham.

Notes to editors

Photographs show the RNLI all-weather lifeboat returning to station, the dismasted yacht Kumuka and El Galeon Andalucia (credit RNLI/V Bowen)

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Victoria Bowen, RNLI Torbay Lifeboat Press Officer

07794 043 428 or vicki_bowen@rnli.org.uk

Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer:

01752 854450 or emma_haines@rnli.org.uk

Carrie Garrad, RNLI Regional Media Officer

07786 668 847 or carrie_garrad@rnli.org.uk

or RNLI Public Relations at Poole HQ on 01202 336 789 (24 hours)

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22' yacht Kumuka without her mast, safely moored in Brixham Marina

RNLI/Vicki Bowen

Huge and majestic El Galeon Andalucia sails into port ready for Pirate Festival

RNLI/Vicki Bowen

Pirates Ahoy!

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