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Lizard RNLI Lifeboat Launches to Assist Occupants of a Small Vessel in Distress

Lifeboats News Release

The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat launched on service shortly after 2.30pm on Saturday 23 July to go to the assistance of a French, seven meter yacht with five people on board, all of whom were wearing lifejackets.

Terry Thirlaway

RNLB Rose making her way to the scene
Upon arrival on scene it was clear that the yacht had lost its rudder and was unable to helm. In conditions described as moderate the yacht was approximately three miles south west of Mullion. Under the command of Second Coxswain Darren Thirlaway and after the situation had been assessed a tow rope was passed to the yacht with the intention of taking it in to the nearest and safest port, Newlyn.

However as the tow was underway, it was soon ascertained that due to the rough conditions on scene the yacht was not towing straight or safely and then began to take on water. In addition to the tow rope the decision was made to pass to the yacht the sea drogue which worked by providing substantial resistance through the water as the yacht was being towed by the lifeboat.

The drogue steadied the yacht and enabled the slow tow to Newlyn to commence. RNLB Rose had arrived in Newlyn with the yacht and its very relieved occupants just after 5pm. The lifeboat arrived back at the station where she was refuelled and made ready for service again by 7pm.

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Arriving on scene

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Safely Under Tow

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