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Lizard RNLI lifeboat launched to becalmed yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The Lizard Lifeboat launched on service shortly after 7am on Sunday 17th July to go to the assistance of a 37ft becalmed yacht which was on passage from Ireland with three people on board.

The yacht had suffered engine failure and was in a position of nine miles W of Lizard Point. Conditions on scene were described as flat calm with zero wind making it near on impossible for the yacht to sail.

A line was attached and the yacht was towed safely into Newlyn Harbour.

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Notes to editors

The photograph shows the yacht on tow to Newlyn. Credit Johnny Bray.

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