Newquay’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat launched at 3.25pm on Wednesday 17 November 2010 to assist a sailing dinghy in difficulties about a quarter of a mile off Newquay Harbour.
Falmouth Coastguard received a phone call from a lone sailor requesting assistance as he was unable to make his way back to the harbour. The outhaul on his laser dinghy had broken and he was unable to sail the boat. He had slackened the sail off to prevent him being blown further out to sea.
Newquay’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Gladys Mildred, launched with Joe Emmett at the helm. Assisted by volunteer crew members Aaron Trebilcock and Duncan Wallace the crew attached a tow line to the laser and towed it back to the safety of the harbour.