Lifeboat volunteers braved choppy seas and 20ft waves to come to the aid of a boat which was taking on water off the coast of Cornwall.

Falmouth Coastguard received reports of a boat that was struggling to cope with the stormy conditions 15 miles off St Ives on Saturday.

The conditions were so bad that the crew was unable to reach the boat with a pump.

A search and rescue helicopter was called in and they managed to winch someone down with the necessary equipment.

The vessel got into difficulty around 15 miles off the coast of Cornwall. Credit: RNLI

While those on board worked to remove the water, the RNLI crew safely escorted the boat back to Newlyn.

The crew did a sterling job in what was challenging conditions over a prolonged period of time. They worked together extremely efficiently ensuring that every task was managed quickly and effectively.

Robin Langford