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VIDEO: Dramatic Rescue Off the Lizard

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9:02am 13th May 2014

RNLI crews have been scrambled to a dramatic rescue off the Cornish coast in gale force winds and rough seas.

The Lizard lifeboat got the call to two people who were struggling with their yacht just south of the point on Sunday afternoon.

The 'Marique' was travelling from Bayona in Spain to Falmouth when it suffered a damaged boom and rigging.

The RNLI said: "The conditions on scene were south westerly gale force 8 winds with a very rough sea and swell and good visibility. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 4:15pm taking an hour and twenty five minutes to reach the yacht locating it 18 miles south-south west of Lizard Point. The fishing vessel Sparkling Line was standing by the yacht until the arrival of the lifeboat.

"Once on scene the lifeboat crew quickly realised that although the yacht was managing to motor/sail under its own power but with concern about how much fuel was remaining and the yachts crew were struggling due to tiredness and the sea conditions. Lifeboat crew member Darren Thirlaway was transferred on board and set up a towline. The yacht was then towed to Falmouth arriving at 9:40pm nearly 5 and a half hour later. After making sure the yacht was safely moored alongside a pontoon in Falmouth harbour, The Lizard lifeboat returned to station at 10:20pm. The lifeboat crew had been at sea for over 7 hours and had travelled over 70 miles."

Coxswain Andrew Putt said:  "Conditions were very rough on scene but transferring Darren aboard went very well. The conditions meant we had to take the tow along carefully as the yacht surfed over the top of the towline when we were setting it up. We made good time to Falmouth. The yachts crew were very tired and very pleased to see us"

The lifeboat crew were Coxswain Andrew Putt, Mechanic Steve Tattersall and crew members Darren Thirlaway, Johnny Bray, Nick Tattersall, Nick Hampshire and Simon Fayers.

9:02am 13th May 2014

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