The Lizard RNLI launch heralds first shout for two trainee lifeboat crew
The lifeboat launched on service shortly after 5.30pm on Tuesday 6th August to go to the assistance of a 10 meter French yacht in a position of 1.5 nautical miles South of Lizard Point.
With 2 people on board the yacht had suffered a broken rudder and was unable to sail. Upon arrival on scene the Coxswain of the lifeboat transferred two of his crew on to the yacht and a tow rope was attached. As there was no rudder on the yacht and because of the position it was in, the slow tow to Newlyn (as opposed to Falmouth) began. Coxswain Russ Craig described the sea conditions as 1.5 meter waves with a force 5 wind from the west off Lizard Point. Though nearing Newlyn Harbour conditions were calmer. The lifeboat arrived back at the station just after 11pm and thanks were given to everyone involved with this service.
Last night's launch on service also heralded the first shout for trainee lifeboat crew members Dylan Atkinson and Harry Bray. Following in their father's footsteps.... Dylan's Dad Dan Atkinson is our station Mechanic & Second Coxswain and Harry's Dad Johnny Bray is our Second Mechanic. Both Dylan and Harry's families have strong RNLI connections past and present. Fabulous - well done to them both!
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.