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The Lizard RNLI launches to de-masted trimaran

Lifeboats News Release

Following a Mayday call received by Falmouth Coastguard, our crew launched on service at 9.51am on Saturday 30th September.

Arriving on scene

Terry Thirlaway

In a position of two nautical miles South of Lizard Point a 26ft trimaran with two people on board had been de-masted and was unable to manoeuvre. Falmouth Coastguard advised the lifeboat crew that due to the severity of the damaged masts communication with the casualties could be broken or very weak as their radio aerial may be near to the surface of the water.

Upon arrival on scene at 10.05am the situation was assessed and the smaller Y-boat was deployed with two lifeboat crew members on board, one of whom was transferred on to the casualty vessel to assist in cutting away the tangled and partially submerged rigging. Once the casualty vessel was in a position to be moved, the decision was taken to attach a tow line and under the command of Coxswain Dan Atkinson the slow journey into Falmouth began at 10.53am.

Sea conditions on scene and during the towing of the vessel were described as poor. One lifeboat crew member remained on board the trimaran and the decision was taken to take the vessel into the Helford instead where upon arrival it was safely secured on to a mooring.

After seven hours at sea RNLB Rose and her crew arrived back at the station at Kilcobben Cove shortly after 5pm where the lifeboat was made ready for service again when required.

RNLI/Lyndsay Bray

RNLI/Lyndsay Bray

RNLI/Lyndsay Bray

The tow to Helford begins

RNLI/Lyndsay Bray

Arriving back at the station

RNLI/Lyndsay Bray

Rehousing RNLB Rose

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