The-Lizard-RNLI-lifeboat-rescues-a-100-year-old-sailing-vessel-off-Lizard-Point

Byline: The Lizard’s Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Rose launched yesterday morning (16 July) to go to the assistance of a 100 year old sailing vessel Ruth with four people on board which had lost its main mast three miles southwest of Lizard Point.
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The Lizard lifeboat volunteer crew launched just after 9:30am after the Master of Ruth had contacted Falmouth Coastguard requesting assistance when the vessels wooden mast broke sending the rigging and sails overboard. Once on scene it was obvious to the lifeboat crew that the mast was far too big and heavy to get back onboard and there was concern that if the Ruth’s engine was started the rigging may foul her propeller.

Two Lizard lifeboat crew members, Simon Fayers and station Mechanic Dan Atkinson were transferred onto the vessel and they set up a towline. It then took over four hours against the flood tide, to tow the vessel to Falmouth Harbour where she was placed on a mooring.

Dan Atkinson said: ‘Ruth is a lovely old wooden Baltic Trading vessel. Her main mast collapsed and the Master had no other option but to give the Coastguard a call for assistance. We set up a line on board and towed her steadily to Falmouth’.

The lifeboat crew were Coxswain Andrew Putt, Mechanic Dan Atkinson and crew members Johnny Bray, Simon Fayers, Kevin Kinvig and Burnie Nixon.

This was the second call The Lizard lifeboat has had to deal with in three days. On Monday the lifeboat launched to assist a 33ft fishing vessel that had damaged its propeller off Cadgwith with a party of 13 onboard. The vessel was taken in tow to Falmouth Harbour.

To find out more about The Lizard lifeboat station please visit the station website at www.thelizardlifeboat.org.uk

Notes to editors:

The attached photographs show the Ruth undertow entering Falmouth Harbour Please credit The Lizard RNLI lifeboat.

To view and download a video of the incident filmed from The Lizard lifeboat please follow this link
http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=VLATWcox

RNLI media contacts

For more information about The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station news please contact either of the station’s volunteer Lifeboat Press Officers: Bernice Putt on 01326 290881 or mobile 07896522176 or email bernice.putt987@btinternet.com or Lyndsay Bray on 01326 290478 or email ashbybray@tiscalli.co.uk 

If you have difficulty in contacting either station Press Officers, please contact Amy Caldwell, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 07920818807 or email Amy_Caldwell@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Press Officer Emma Haines on 07786668847 or email Emma_Haines@rnli.org.uk

Byline: The Lizard’s Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Rose launched yesterday morning (16 July) to go to the assistance of a 100 year old sailing vessel Ruth with four people on board which had lost its main mast three miles southwest of Lizard Point.
Page Content:

The Lizard lifeboat volunteer crew launched just after 9:30am after the Master of Ruth had contacted Falmouth Coastguard requesting assistance when the vessels wooden mast broke sending the rigging and sails overboard. Once on scene it was obvious to the lifeboat crew that the mast was far too big and heavy to get back onboard and there was concern that if the Ruth’s engine was started the rigging may foul her propeller.

Two Lizard lifeboat crew members, Simon Fayers and station Mechanic Dan Atkinson were transferred onto the vessel and they set up a towline. It then took over four hours against the flood tide, to tow the vessel to Falmouth Harbour where she was placed on a mooring.

Dan Atkinson said: ‘Ruth is a lovely old wooden Baltic Trading vessel. Her main mast collapsed and the Master had no other option but to give the Coastguard a call for assistance. We set up a line on board and towed her steadily to Falmouth’.

The lifeboat crew were Coxswain Andrew Putt, Mechanic Dan Atkinson and crew members Johnny Bray, Simon Fayers, Kevin Kinvig and Burnie Nixon.

This was the second call The Lizard lifeboat has had to deal with in three days. On Monday the lifeboat launched to assist a 33ft fishing vessel that had damaged its propeller off Cadgwith with a party of 13 onboard. The vessel was taken in tow to Falmouth Harbour.

To find out more about The Lizard lifeboat station please visit the station website at www.thelizardlifeboat.org.uk

Notes to editors:

The attached photographs show the Ruth undertow entering Falmouth Harbour Please credit The Lizard RNLI lifeboat.

To view and download a video of the incident filmed from The Lizard lifeboat please follow this link
http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=VLATWcox

RNLI media contacts

For more information about The Lizard RNLI lifeboat station news please contact either of the station’s volunteer Lifeboat Press Officers: Bernice Putt on 01326 290881 or mobile 07896522176 or email bernice.putt987@btinternet.com or Lyndsay Bray on 01326 290478 or email ashbybray@tiscalli.co.uk 

If you have difficulty in contacting either station Press Officers, please contact Amy Caldwell, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 07920818807 or email Amy_Caldwell@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Press Officer Emma Haines on 07786668847 or email Emma_Haines@rnli.org.uk