An early page for Lizard RNLI lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

An early start for our crews on Saturday 9th October with the pagers sounding at 2.54am.

RNLI/Lyndsay Bray

Following a request from Falmouth Coastguard RNLB Rose launched on service to reports of a vessel with engine failure 11 nautical miles south of The Lizard. Upon arrival on scene it was ascertained that the 14m pleasure craft with three people on board had suffered a potential contamination of fuel which had disabled the engine.

Under the command of second coxswain Darren Thirlaway RNLB Rose began escorting the vessel to Falmouth as some engine power had been restored, though a short time later it was decided a tow should take place as the engine power had failed again.

A tow rope was attached and the vessel was safely taken in to Falmouth harbour, arriving there at 7am. The lifeboat arrived back at the station at 8.11am.

Terry Thirlaway

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