The Lizard lifeboat launches to answer distress signal

Lifeboats News Release

The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat launched on service shortly after 6.30pm on Sunday 2nd September.

The Lizard Lifeboat returning to station.

RNLI/Lyndsay Bray

Returning to the station

Falmouth Coastguard requested the launch in response to an alert button having been pressed on a hand held VHF radio signalling that there may be a vessel in distress.

The signal was detected in the area of Lizard Point so following the launch, the smaller Y-Boat was also deployed and a thorough search was carried out from the station at Kilcobben Cove to Kynance Cove. No casualty or vessel was detected.

On this occasion this was deemed to be an accidental and unintentional call for assistance. With Mullion Coastguards also in attendance both services were stood down and the lifeboat returned to station at 7.40pm.

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