The Lizard lifeboat launches twice in 24 hours

Lifeboats News Release

The Lizard RNLI lifeboat launched on service on the morning of Sunday 10 June, to reports of an unattended kayak in the water with its paddle floating nearby in the area of Poldhu beach.

The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat towing the yacht "Fair Emma" to Newlyn.

Burnie Nixon

The yacht "Fair Emma" under tow.

Prior to the lifeboats arrival on scene, the owner of the kayak was sighted safe and well on land and the lifeboat was stood down, returning to the station a short time later. Penlee Lifeboat and Mullion Coastguards were also in attendance. Our colleagues from Penlee recovered the kayak from the sea and returned it to its waiting owner on the beach.

A second launch followed the following morning, Monday 11th June shortly after 7.45am when the lifeboat was required to go to the assistance of a 32 foot yacht in a position of four miles south of Lizard Point. With four people on board, the yacht had suffered from complete engine failure and with
no wind was unable to sail. Upon arrival on scene the lifeboat attached a tow
and the yacht was safely towed to Newlyn. The Lizard lifeboat returned to her station at Kilcobben Cove arriving at 11.37am.
The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat towing the yacht "Fair Emma" accompanied by a huge vessel in the distance.

Mike Newman

The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat

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