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Lizard RNLI Launched to Reports of Flares Sighted at Lizard Point

Lifeboats News Release

At 09.16am The Lizard Lifeboat launched on service following multiple reports to HM Coastguards of flares sighted in the area of Lizard Point.

Terry Thirlaway

RNLB Rose had launched within 9 minutes of the initial page and proceeded to approximately 3 miles south of Lizard Point. The casualty was quickly located clinging to the bow section of his upturned fishing boat which had capsized nearly an hour previously. The lone fisherman was wearing a life jacket and a personal locator beacon. He was immediately recovered to the lifeboat and given casualty care attention prior to be taken back to the lifeboat station to await the arrival of paramedics for further medical assistance.

The lifeboat then relaunched to locate and recover the open deck casualty vessel in order for it to not cause a hazard for other marine traffic in the area. The boat was safely taken in to Cadgwith Cove arriving there at 11.45am.

RNLB Rose returned to her station and was made ready for service again when required by 12.30pm. All at the station send our very best wishes to the casualty and are very relieved for his safe return home. Grateful thanks for all who attended this service today including Coastguard teams from Mullion & Porthoustock.

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