St Ives lifeboat crew are clean out of chocolate after the big softies handed over their entire supply to a little lad they rescued.
The big softies gave up their chocs on an emergency call-out in Dorset.
Coxswain Paul Whiston and his men were in Poole dropping back relief boat Peggy and Alex Caird when they got a call-out to a father and son adrift in an inflatable.
RNLI spokesman Derek Hall said: “The crew were called on to undertake a rescue off the Dorset Coast.
“There’d been a report to the Coastguard that a man and his four year old son were adrift in a small inflatable motorboat after the engine had failed.
“With reports that the pair were in a line between the Old Harry Rocks and Bournemouth Pier, the lifeboat headed down that line and found them.
“The young boy was very distressed: but he soon cheered up when the crew let him help himself to their chocolate supply!”
The Princess Royal was back home on station and on service on Saturday 27th August.
Volunteer spokesman Mr Hall said: “The run back from Falmouth gave the crew the chance to exercise the engines and equipment after the refit.
“Within a week of returning home, the St Ives RNLI lifeboat was then called on to rescue a 26 ft yacht.
“On Saturday Morning 3rd September the yacht radioed for help with engine and steering failure around a mile West of Godrevy point.
“The Princess Royal was launched shortly before 9am, and reached the yacht shortly after.
“Volunteer crewman Murray Walker was put aboard the yacht which was then towed to Hayle harbour.
“The lifeboat then returned to St Ives, and was moored in the harbour until midday when the tide allowed the crew to recover her to the boathouse.”