Taking A Launchbreak


The St. Ives Lifeboat crew (all volunteers and no government money - apparently our government isn't interested in organisations that save lives!) regularly practice, as well as attending numerous call-outs. [If you hear what sounds like two big fireworks going off 15 or so seconds apart, that's the Lifeboat crew being called out in a hurry].

Here they are caught sneaking out in the depths of Winter:-

The RNLI Lifeboat in St. Ives, Cornwall 1 The beast begins to emerge from it's lair... The RNLI Lifeboat in St. Ives, Cornwall 2 ... and just in case anyone has blocked up the pier it comes with its own handy little tank for moving obstructions!
 

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The RNLI Lifeboat in St. Ives, Cornwall 3 When the tide is in the boat just pings straight off the slipway but in this case ... The RNLI Lifeboat in St. Ives, Cornwall 4 ... they have to tow it almost past the end of Smeaton's Pier.
 

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The RNLI Lifeboat in St. Ives, Cornwall 5 Aha, the sea, at last! The little tank is amphibious and, in many respects, therefore, the ideal vehicle for getting round St. Ives, particularly during the tourist season! The RNLI Lifeboat in St. Ives, Cornwall 6 When the boat is recovered several hours later the shore crew (ably led by the Sloop's very own John Stevens) have to wash and wax it while the crew bugger off to the pub (hence the name, doh!) for a pint (and, probably, to flog the mackerel they caught while they were out!).

 

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