RNLI Rescue off the Lizard
It is with relief that the news of a yacht that found herself in difficulties off the Lizard (Cornwall’s most southerly headland) last Thursday was rescued by the RNLI’s Lizard Tamar Class Lifeboat ‘Rose’ in 4m swell and near gale force winds.
It is understood that the yacht rescued (the 33ft Golden Morn) had developed engine failure and required assistance in the conditions approximately 20 nautical miles south-east of the Lizard.
After securing a tow, the Rose took the Golden Morn back to the safety of Falmouth, a passage of more than 3 hours due to the weather and sea state.
The video shown above, taken by the RNLI from the Rose, serves to illustrate the kind of conditions you may end up in, so well worth watching…
This rescue is of particular interest as we spend so much time sailing and training in the waters around the Lizard. I’m not going to get into a discussion about how the Golden Morn ended up in such conditions as the full details are not known – there are plenty of so-called ‘experts’ who are already passing comment – but it is a sobering thought to see the video and remember what steps to take to minimise the chances of this happening to your own yacht.