Appledore and Padstow Lifeboat Stations
RNLI crew members can never predict what they will face on rescues. For the crews of Appledore and Padstow Lifeboat Stations, rescuing a cargo ship and its 3,000 tonnes of scrap metal turned into a 34-hour rough-sea rescue. It was a dramatic and dangerous shout – one that involved three lifeboat crews, two lifeboats and a Dutch warship.
After hours of rough conditions, the RNLI crews held the vessel over 3 miles off the coast to stop it from going ashore. The Dutch warship De Ruyter offered help and managed to secure a tow with some impressive ship handling. The crews worked together brilliantly to protect the ship, its crew and cargo in very difficult circumstances.
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‘My crew had been out for almost 17 hours and some were feeling quite unwell … this looked like it was going to be a long shout.’
– Appledore Second Coxswain Owen Atkinson