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Early morning launch for the crew of The Lizard lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

RNLB Rose launched on service at 04.28am this morning to reports of a yacht which had gone aground in the vicinity of Mullion Cove.

RNLI/Ned Nuzum

Launching on Service shortly before 04.30am
Upon arrival on scene a short time later it was ascertained that the two people on board had already made their way to shore and were in the care of the Mullion Coastguard Rescue Team. Unfortunately the yacht had suffered some significant damage and was taking on water. Though thankfully following its grounding the yacht had become afloat again and appeared to be in no immediate danger of sinking. Lifeboat crew members went aboard with a salvage pump to pump out the ingress of water.

Two lifeboat crew members stayed aboard the yacht whilst a decision was taken by the Coxswain as to whether it was seaworthy enough to tow to the nearest port. Under the command of Second Coxswain Darren Thirlaway, the decision was taken to attach a tow rope and to take the yacht in to Newlyn harbour. In the meantime the lifeboat’s smaller Y-boat collected the yachts French owners from the shore and they very gratefully went aboard RNLB Rose to accompany their vessel to Newlyn.

The damage to the stern of the yacht required the lifeboat crew to keep their salvage pump on throughout the entire tow as water was still coming into the vessel. Upon arrival at Newlyn the yacht was safely secured and its two crew members were very thankful for the emergency assistance they had received.

Thank you to our colleagues at Penlee Lifeboat for the very welcome refreshments before embarking on the journey home. RNLB Rose arrived back at her station at 10.32am.

Sam James

Arrival on Scene

Sam James

Crew Members Assisting the Casualty

RNLI/Lizard RNLI

Crew Boarding the Casualty Vessel

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