The Lizard lifeboat launches on service three times in four days

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer lifeboat crew had a busy few days with three shouts over four days.

The relief Tamar class lifeboat which was on station at The Lizard launched on service shortly after 5.30pm on Friday 18 May to reports of two kayakers in difficulty between Church Cove, Gunwalloe and Poldhu beach. The lifeboat crew proceeded to the scene and prior to their arrival the crew were informed by Falmouth Coastguard that the kayakers had made their own way to safety. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

A second launch in less than 24 hours followed on Saturday 20 May when the lifeboat launched on service shortly after 3pm to go to the assistance of an injured female on the very isolated Pentreath beach, The Lizard. Upon arrival on scene the lifeboat crew deployed the smaller Y boat and collected the casualty from the beach before taking her back to the station to seek medical attention on her injured hand. Mullion Coastguards were also in attendance. As to the nature of the injury and because of the remoteness of the scene it was decided that it would be safer for the casualty to be collected from the beach.

The lifeboat crew launched on service for a third time shortly after midnight on Monday 21 May to go to the assistance of a 9 metre yacht running very low on fuel with three people on board who were disorientated and of foreign nationality. With the help of other vessels in the area, the yacht was finally located in a position of 31 miles south of Lizard Point. Upon arrival on scene a tow rope was passed and the yacht was safely towed in Falmouth arriving at 8am. The lifeboat arrived back at the station at 9am to a hearty breakfast thanks to former shore crew member Sarah Legge!

After several busy days at sea for the lifeboat and the volunteer crew, the station were pleased to welcome RNLB Rose back home to Kilcobben Cove on Friday 25 May after her time away undergoing routine maintenance.

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