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The Lizard RNLI Launched to Casualty Clinging on to Small Sailing Vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Our crew were paged at 8.11pm after receiving an immediate launch request from Falmouth Coastguard.

RNLI/Lizard RNLI Library - Geoff Squibb

A member of the public had sighted a person in the water clinging on to a small sailing vessel one nautical mile east of Coverack. Following a prompt launch and under the command of Coxswain Dan Atkinson the casualty and her vessel were located south of Lowland Point at 8.32pm. The smaller Y boat was launched from the lifeboat and with two crew members on board, the casualty was quickly recovered from the water and transferred to RNLB Rose. A full casualty care assessment was carried out and as a precaution it was decided that the casualty may be in need of medical attention.

The casualty was transferred in to the care of the South West Ambulance service at Coverack harbour and her vessel was safely towed in by Second Coxswain Darren Thirlaway who was in the Y boat. RNLB Rose and her crew then returned to the station and the lifeboat was made ready for service again (when required) by 10.30pm.

The lone sailor was believed to have fallen from her vessel at around 7.30pm so had spent over an hour in the water. The casualty, who thankfully was wearing a life jacket, wished to express her sincere thanks and gratitude to The Lizard Lifeboat crew and to the RNLI service.

Also in attendance and on scene were the Coastguard Rescue teams from Mullion and Porthoustock. Grateful thanks for their help and assistance during this service.

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