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The Lizard lifeboat launched to assist 42 foot catamaran

Lifeboats News Release

The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat launched on service shortly before 6pm on Friday 28th September after receiving a report from Falmouth Coastguard of a 42ft catamaran in need of some assistance.

RNLI/Geoff Squibb

RNLB towing the catamaran in to Porthleven Harbour

In a position of one nautical mile west of Lizard Point and with two people on board, the catamaran was running very low on fuel and both sailors were suffering from severe sea sickness.

Upon arrival on scene a tow rope was passed from the lifeboat and the vessel was safely towed in to Porthleven Harbour. The lifeboat returned to station, refuelled and was ready for service if required at 8.45pm.

RNLI/Geoff Squibb

The Lizard Lifeboat leaving Porthleven and returning to station.

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