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The Lizard lifeboat launches twice in 24 hours

Lifeboats News Release

The Lizard RNLI lifeboat launched on service on the morning of Sunday 10 June, to reports of an unattended kayak in the water with its paddle floating nearby in the area of Poldhu beach.

The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat towing the yacht "Fair Emma" to Newlyn.

Burnie Nixon

The yacht "Fair Emma" under tow.

Prior to the lifeboats arrival on scene, the owner of the kayak was sighted safe and well on land and the lifeboat was stood down, returning to the station a short time later. Penlee Lifeboat and Mullion Coastguards were also in attendance. Our colleagues from Penlee recovered the kayak from the sea and returned it to its waiting owner on the beach.

A second launch followed the following morning, Monday 11th June shortly after 7.45am when the lifeboat was required to go to the assistance of a 32 foot yacht in a position of four miles south of Lizard Point. With four people on board, the yacht had suffered from complete engine failure and with
no wind was unable to sail. Upon arrival on scene the lifeboat attached a tow
and the yacht was safely towed to Newlyn. The Lizard lifeboat returned to her station at Kilcobben Cove arriving at 11.37am.
The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat towing the yacht "Fair Emma" accompanied by a huge vessel in the distance.

Mike Newman

The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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