Two service launches in eight hours for The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat
The lifeboat launched on service at 6pm on Monday 8 July to respond to a PAN PAN call from a French sailing vessel 32.5 miles south east of Lizard Point stating that she had gearbox failure, no wind and three people on board.
Falmouth Coastguard had broadcast to any vessel in the area for assistance. The French fishing vessel "Daytona" responded but needed to haul her fishing gear before proceeding. "RFA Tidesurge" also responded but she was in Mounts Bay and would have taken approximately two hours to reach the reported position. When the lifeboat was 13 miles south east of the station the Coastguard reported that the French fishing vessel had located the casualty, all was well onboard and she required no further assistance. RNLB "Rose" was released to return to station arriving back on the slip to rehouse shortly after 7pm.
The lifeboat launched on service again shortly before 2am the following morning to go to the assistance of a French yacht with machinery failure, becalmed and in a position of nine miles east of the lifeboat station. This was the same vessel which RNLB "Rose" had launched to the previous evening. Once located and on scene one member of the lifeboat crew went aboard and the yacht was safely towed in to Pendennis Marina, Falmouth. The lifeboat arrived back at Kilcobben Cove at 5.40am. Thank you to everyone involved with a busy few hours at the station.
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.