The lifeboat launched just after 4 am this morning tasked by Falmouth Coastguard to go to the assistance of a stricken yacht whose position was given as 32 nautical miles south east of the lifeboat station. The vessel had 2 people on board who had reported the complete loss of use of the rudder and the mainsail. They were drifting in heavy seas.
After hearing the May Day call, the fishing protection vessel “Ocean Osprey” reported they were 6 nautical miles away and would make their way to the yacht to stand watch until the lifeboat arrived. Upon arrival of the lifeboat a further inspection confirmed the rudder was indeed completely fouled and the mainsail blown, rendering the vessel unable to proceed. A tow rope was attached. After a necessarily slow and gruelling trip, just over 7 hours later the yacht was safely towed into Falmouth Harbour. After over 10 hours at sea the lifeboat returned to Kilcobben for re-housing at 5pm.
“Rose” arriving on scene…
Courtesy of Jeffrey Jeffrey Tuckerman who happened to be aboard the Fisheries Vessel “Ocean Spray” and coincidentally, is also an RNLI crew member serving at Buckie Lifeboat Station in Scotland
View of the tow from “Rose” Courtesy of
Harry Bray, Lizard Lifeboat Crew Member