An Early Start to the Day for The Lizard Lifeboat Crew.

Lifeboats News Release

An early start and a very long day for the crew of The Lizard Lifeboat as their pagers sounded a 04.07am on Monday 21st June 2021.

Yacht under tow to Falmouth

RNLI/Harry Bray - Lizard Lifeboat Crew Member

After receiving a mayday call, Falmouth Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to go to the assistance of a stricken sailing vessel in a position of 32 nautical miles south east of the station at Kilcobben Cove.

With 2 people on board the vessel had lost the use of its rudder and mainsail and were drifting precariously. Fishing Protection vessel “Ocean Osprey” was 6 nautical miles away from the yacht and proceeded to its position to standby until the lifeboat arrived over an hour later.

Conditions on scene were described as poor and after ascertaining that the rudder on the vessel was fouled and it would also be unable to sail, a decision was taken to attach a tow line to guide the yacht to the nearest safe and suitable port.

Under the command of Coxswain Dan Atkinson and after a long and careful tow RNLB Rose arrived in Falmouth Harbour just over 7 hours later. The lifeboat arrived back at her station at around 17.00pm this afternoon after over 10 hours at sea.

Thank you to Jeffrey Tuckerman who captured fabulous shots of RNLB Rose and her crew at work during this service launch. Jeffrey was on watch on the vessel 6 miles south of the yacht when they called their mayday. These pictures really show how poor the sea conditions were.

RNLI/Jeffrey Tuckerman

RNLI/Jeffrey Tuckerman

Arrival on scene

RNLI/Jeffrey Tuckerman

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