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From 'Lizard Lives' October 2018 magazine: (added 08/10/18)
The Lizard Lifeboat

2nd September – After a request from Falmouth Coastguard, The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat launched on service on Sunday 2nd September shortly after 6.30pm. This was in response to an alert button having been pressed on a hand held VHF radio signalling that there may be a vessel in distress. The signal was detected in the area of Lizard Point so a thorough search was carried out from the station to Kynance Cove and no casualty was detected. On this occasion this was deemed to be an accidental and unintentional call for assistance. Mullion Coastguards were also in attendance. The lifeboat returned to station at 7.40pm

The Lizard Lifeboat 2019 Calendar is now on sale. It is made up of a varied selection of images taken by Geoff Squibb plus additional photographs kindly taken by Capt. Joerg 'Yogi' Brunner from the Coastguard helicopter rescue service. They can be purchased from The Lizard lifeboat station, Ann's Pasties, The Top House Inn, Jeremy's Newsagents, The Lizard Post Office and the Book shop in Mullion. The calendars can also be posted, by sending a private message on The Lizard Lifeboat Facebook page or by contacting Jeanette Bright. Each calendar is £5 and all proceeds go directly to help The Lizard lifeboat station.

Members of the fundraising group invite everyone to “Come to the Races” on Friday 12th October in The Lizard Football Club. A family evening of fun and laughter in aid of our lifeboat, all welcome. Tapes up from 7.30pm!

Finally we bid a fond (but not a final) farewell to our Coxswain Andrew Putt who is stepping down from his role at the station in October. After over eight years as our Coxswain, Andrew has accepted a secondment to the new position within the RNLI as Regional Improvement Manager for the South. The secondment is for a period of 12 months and though Andrew will be leaving his role as our full time coxswain he will still remain part of the station and will provide volunteer deputy coxswain cover and attend exercises when he can. The RNLI are in the process of appointing a new coxswain to cover Andrew’s secondment. In the meantime everyone at the station would like to wish Andrew well and all the very best in his new role.

Operational commitments permitting the crew and shore crew continue to carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are welcome to watch the lifeboat launch and browse around the station from 6.00pm – Please check dates and times before visiting to avoid any disappointment. Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.  

We thank you all for your continued support.

Lyndsay Bray
Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station – 01326 290451

The photographs below show: our invitation to 'Come to the Races', RNLB Rose returning to the station after her launch on service on 2nd September and Coxswain Andrew Putt who is leaving the station on secondment in October.


LIZARD LIFEBOAT
VISITOR CENTRE NEWS

Someone once said “August is a wicked month” and that was certainly the case at Kilcobben Cove this year but it was ‘wicked’ in the best possible sense of the expression.  Poor weather badly affected visitor activity during and after Easter but things changed dramatically as summer finally arrived.  Indeed, August saw the busiest month on record at the Visitor Centre with 1692 recorded visitors enjoying a close up view of RNLB ROSE, an insight into what goes on at the station and a tour through the history of the Lizard Lifeboat and all that has happened since it all began back in 1859. 

The team of Visitor Centre Volunteers was certainly kept busy and on its toes but everyone enjoyed every minute of it.   France, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Switzerland, South Africa, Australia and the USA were just some of locations from which visitors had travelled, as well as from every corner of the UK.  It is also quite remarkable how many visitors from home and abroad (especially Europe) return to visit the Station again after visits in previous years.

Life in the Visitor Centre was certainly hectic but the Visitor Centre Roadshow was also kept fully occupied throughout August.  Attendance at the Big Breakfast, Lizard Fun Day, Lifeboat Day and the Vintage Rally (where did all that wind, rain and fog come from?) certainly stretched resources and we needed all the help we could get.  A huge thank you was due to those members of the lifeboat crews who helped set up our gazebo early in the morning and who then came back in late afternoon to take it all down again.  It was all very much worthwhile and a great many people enjoyed chatting to the team about RNLB ROSE and her activities and also having the chance to get their RNLI Christmas cards, presents and visit mementos.

Even STORMY STAN came to our rescue when we were in need of an extra pair of hands!  ELLIOT and JESSICA DEANE took full advantage of Stan’s support when they wanted to purchase some souvenirs to take home to remind them of their visit.  Stan helped them out in expert fashion and Elliot and Jessica went home very happy indeed.

HISTORY PAST AND PRESENT!
The afternoon of Friday, 3rd November 1911 saw the Norwegian full-rigger ‘HANSY’ en route from Sweden to Australia with a cargo of steel, pig iron and timber.  It was reported that, before a strong south westerly gale and heavy sea, she was driven too close to land.  After narrowly missing the Bumble Rock, she stranded at Penolver and quickly began to break up.

   

Three men were saved by the Lizard Lifeboat, RNLB ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE BACK, and the remainder of the crew and passengers (including Captain Klitve’s wife and young child) were taken off by breeches buoy, the rocket equipment having been quickly on the scene.   The tugs ‘Victor’ and ‘Triton’ arrived at the wreck without delay but soon assessed that salvage was hopeless.   The vessel continued to break up and what was left of her eventually drifted out to sea over the coming days.  Some good did come of the tragedy though, as it was reported that the local economy did a thriving trade in timber for a number of weeks after the tragic event!

The Visitor Centre had the great pleasure of welcoming members of Captain Klitve’s descendant family when they visited the boathouse just a few days ago to see, first hand, where such an important and traumatic event in their family history took place.       Visitor Centre volunteers Denise and Bob Allen gave them a very warm welcome and made sure to point out our displayed records of the event in their tour through the Station’s history.

DAVID GASCOIGNE
VISITOR CENTRE MANAGER


From 'Lizard Lives' July 2018 magazine: (added 08/10/18)
The Lizard Lifeboat

22nd May - The lifeboat launched on service shortly after midnight to go to the assistance of a 9 metre yacht running very low on fuel with 3 people on board who were disorientated and of foreign nationality. With the help of other vessels in the area, the yacht was located in a position of 31 miles south of Lizard Point. Upon arrival on scene a tow rope was passed, and the yacht was safely towed in Falmouth arriving at 8am. The lifeboat arrived back at the station at 9am to a hearty breakfast thanks to former Shore Crew member Sarah Legge!
10th June - The lifeboat launched on service, to reports of an unattended kayak in the water with its paddle floating nearby in the area of Poldhu beach. The owner of the kayak was sighted safe and well on land and the lifeboat returned to the station. Penlee Lifeboat and Mullion Coastguards were also in attendance.
11th June - The lifeboat launched on service shortly after 7.45am to go to the assistance of a 32 foot yacht "Fair Emma" in a position of 4 miles south of Lizard Point. With 4 people on board, the yacht had suffered from 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 lifeboat returned to station arriving at 11.37am
We are delighted to say that RNLB Rose is back in her rightful place at Kilcobben Cove. We welcomed her back to the station on Friday 25th May after her time away undergoing routine maintenance.
Operational commitments permitting the crew and shore crew continue to carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are welcome to watch the lifeboat launch and browse around the station from 6.15pm. Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.  The latest Lizard Lifeboat journal “Due South” is now on sale at the station.
We thank you all for your continued support.
Lyndsay Bray
Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station – 01326 290451


The yacht "Fair Emma" being towed to Newlyn by The Lizard Lifeboat - Photo credit: Burnie Nixon


From 'Lizard Lives' May 2018 magazine: (added 17/05/18)
The Lizard Lifeboat

Our grand charity auction was held in The Lizard Football Club during April and was hailed a great success. Organised by members of the fund raising committee huge thanks and appreciation to EVERYONE who supported the auction in aid of our lifeboat. Grateful thanks to those who had kindly donated the fantastic "lots" for us to auction raising nearly £1400 during the evening. A special mention for our auctioneer John Trewin, Nicky Jose and Angie and her team from The Lizard Football Club. During the evening we also took the opportunity to wish our Lifeboat President Dr Geoff Wood a very Happy 90th Birthday which he would soon be celebrating.
With 41 years’ service to the station Mr Peter Greenslade was recognised for his roles undertaken for The Lizard Lifeboat as he recently stepped down from his commitments at the station. Peter has held several positions since 1976, Deputy Launch Authority, Honorary Secretary, Chairman, Lifeboat Operations Manager and more recently Education and Visits Officer.
In recognition of his loyal commitment Peter was presented with a certificate and an RNLI plaque of which he said he was truly honoured to receive. Peter was also honoured to accept the position of Vice-President of The Lizard Lifeboat Station. The presentation took place after the recent RNLI Coast Review held at the station and Peter was delighted to be in the company of RNLI Chairman Stuart Popham, RNLI Operations Manager George Rawlinson and Sir Tim Laurence Chairman of the RNLI Operations Committee. Operational commitments permitting the crew and shore crew continue to carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm. Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages. The latest Lizard Lifeboat journal “Due South” is now on sale at the station. We thank you all for your continued support.


From 'Lizard Lives' May 2018 magazine:
Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre News

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING REALLY DIFFERENT AND INTERESTING ??
Visit our magnificent Lifeboat Station here at Kilcobben Cove, home to our superb Tamar Class Lifeboat ‘RNLB ROSE’.
Take a look around the Boathouse, examine the fascinating pictorial history of Lifeboat Stations on The Lizard, see how the new station was built and discover what happens when ROSE is called to go ‘Out On A Shout’
Have a chat with one of our friendly and helpful volunteer guides about what goes on at the Station. If you wish, browse through the wide range of interesting, useful and varied souvenirs in our own Station Shop for a lasting reminder of a memorable visit. They make great presents and there is plenty for our younger visitors too.
Why not time your visit to coincide with our weekly training launch which (usually) takes place on Tuesday evenings at approx 6.30pm. See what happens during an actual launch!
THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT VISITOR CENTRE
KILCOBBEN COVE
TEL. No. 01326 290451
David Gascoigne; Visitor Centre Manager


From 'Lizard Lives' April 2018 magazine:
The Lizard Lifeboat

Members of our fundraising team have been busy organising a grand auction which will take place in The Lizard Football Club on Friday 13th April from7.30pm. Promising to be an enjoyable evening, organisers of the event wish to thank those who have already pledged items to be auctioned. Mr John Trewin will be our auctioneer for the evening and we hope everyone will join us. Other events taking place this year include The Big Breakfast on Saturday 11th August at Landewednack School and Lizard Lifeboat Day on Sunday 19th August.
Recent poor weather conditions required some of our team to carry out some essential maintenance to the slipway and to also clear it of masses of seaweed that had been washed over leaving it very dangerous should the lifeboat had been required to launch. Video footage of this task is also on our Facebook page and received over 400 “Likes” and some very complementary reviews!
We were delighted to welcome The 1st Lizard Beavers group amongst our visitors to the station on the evening of Tuesday 20th March. We hope they enjoyed their visit and watching the lifeboat launch on exercise.
We currently await our second launch on service of the year but meanwhile operational commitments permitting the crew and shore crew continue to carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm. Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
We thank you all for your continued support.


From 'Lizard Lives' April 2018 magazine:
Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre News

Meteorologically speaking, what an awful start to the year it has been so far and to say that January was ‘wet and windy’ is a truly gross understatement. However, it did not stop our visitors coming to the boathouse and I am delighted (if somewhat surprised) to be able to say that visitor numbers in January were up over last year. As we all know, February continued in the same vein (with the added attraction of a little bit of snow) and only the hardiest of visitors braved the conditions to come to see us during that period. We were very pleased to introduce A NEW ATTRACTION to the Kilcobben Cove Visitor Centre in February. With the help of GEOFF SQUIBB and his wonderful photographic skills we now have a digital display telling the story of the building of our fantastic new Station. Over 500 photographs covering the period of the demolition of the old boathouse to the opening of the magnificent new Station are on permanent display and tell an inspiring story of how such an incredible civil engineering project was completed. It is little wonder that, along with the Eden Project, our Lizard Lifeboat Station was included in the global list created by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) of the top 200 most influential projects to shape the world and transform people’s lives. Richard Fish, Chairman of ICE South West, said that “the Lizard Lifeboat is a vital part of the RNLI’s role in keeping our waters safe.” He went on to add, “..... Yet this station is much more than a shed and a slipway. Its reconstruction in 2011 was a major civil engineering project and a logistical challenge as well as a modern building in a spectacular setting.” It certainly is all of that and more!! Geoff Squibb’s collection of photographs show how it was all done and demonstrate the dramatic and spectacular changes that took place during the period of reconstruction, culminating in the creation of a wonderful new home for the MIGHTY ROSE and her crews. To whet your appetite see the following colour pages for just a few of Geoff’s photographs that visitors will be able to enjoy. Did you spot January’s DM??? It wasn’t Denmark at all it was ..... SWITZERLAND. Eleven people got in touch with me to claim their prize (plus several from ‘Team Lizard’ who weren’t eligible). The first person to claim, spotted the DM on-line and then phoned to claim her prize. It was a lady from Leicestershire and she will call in when down on holiday later in the year to claim her Lizard Lifeboat bear.
This month in 1903 saw the arrival at Polpeor Cove of the Lizard Station’s new lifeboat, RNLB Admiral Sir George Back. The boat was built at the Thames Ironworks, Blackwall, and being, at that time, the latest design in lifeboats, she was a 35 foot, 10-oared, self-righting boat. Later in her service, on 17th and 18th March 1907, she was involved in the historic rescue of the passengers and crew of the White Star liner, SS Suevic, which was en route from Australia to Liverpool when she ran aground on the infamous Maenheere Rocks, a quarter mile off Lizard Point. The events of the SS SUEVIC rescue are much chronicled and the service of the lifeboats and crews involved in the horrendous conditions that prevailed during the two-day action are, indeed, legendary in the history of RNLI service.
David Gascoigne, Visitor Centre Manager


From 'Lizard Lives' March 2018 magazine:
The Lizard Lifeboat

Congratulations to our Station Mechanic, Dan Atkinson, who has recently received his 20 years long service medal. This medal was awarded in recognition of Dan’s loyal commitment and service to the RNLI and was presented to him by Paul Bossier, Chief Executive of the RNLI. We were delighted to welcome youngsters from the Little Lizards Nursery who visited the lifeboat station recently and had a thoroughly enjoyable morning. The children were shown around the station and asked many questions whilst trying on the odd helmet or two! We are sure to see some future crew as a result of their visit.
As the year progresses, the fund raising team has already begun organising events in aid of the lifeboat. A grand auction will take place in The Lizard Football Club on Friday, 13th April. Promising to be an enjoyable evening, organisers of the event wish to thank those who have already pledged items for us to auction. Mr John Trewin will be our auctioneer for the evening, and we hope everyone will join us. Other events taking place this year include The Big Breakfast on Saturday 11th August at Landewednack School, and Lizard Lifeboat Day on Sunday 19th August.
We currently await our second launch on service of the year however, operational commitments permitting, the crew and shore crew continue to carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are most welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm. Up-to-date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
We thank everyone for your continued support.


From 'Lizard Lives' February 2018 magazine: (added 01/02/18)
The Lizard Lifeboat

The Lizard Lifeboat launched on service shortly after 1.15pm on Monday 1st January 2018 to reports of someone in the water off Lizard Point. The lifeboat along with the coastguard helicopter and coastguards from Mullion and Porthoustock carried out a land and sea search of the area. The casualty was located and winched from the beach via the coastguard helicopter and was taken to The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.  With sea conditions described as treacherous, the crew and personnel from The Lizard Lifeboat station wish to extend their thoughts with the casualty and to all who were involved in the day’s service.


RNLB ROSE in the water during the New Years Day launch on service at Lizard Point.

Christmas festivities got underway in the usual manner as we at The Lizard Lifeboat Station hosted our annual Christmas Carolaire on Friday 1st December. Visitors were welcomed to the station and treated to an evening of festive carol singing accompanied by Helston Town Band and the children from Landewednack School Choir. Seasonal refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies were served throughout the evening by members of the fund raising team. The event was again hailed as another success with many visitors saying that it is an evening that starts the Christmas festivities in The Lizard village and local community. Grateful thanks and appreciation go to the Rev Deirdre Mackrill and the Rev Fran Lane who compared the evening aboard RNLB “Rose”, Helston Town Band, and children from Landewednack School Choir, Zoar Garage, Euro Tool and those who prepared and donated the delicious refreshments.


The Christmas Carolaire at the station.

Operational commitments permitting the crew and shore crew will continue to carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are most welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm. Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

Lyndsay Bray
Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station – 01326 290451


From 'Lizard Lives' February 2018 magazine: (added 01/02/18)
Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre News

DAVID GASCOIGNE
VISITOR CENTRE AND SHOP MANAGER


From 'Lizard Lives' November 2017 magazine:The Lizard Lifeboat

The Lizard Lifeboat launched on service on Sunday, 17th September, at 4.40pm to go to the assistance of a 38 foot yacht, "Gem", with 3 people on board. The yacht had suffered mechanical failure and was becalmed. The lifeboat arrived on scene (2 miles off Lizard Point) and safely towed it to Falmouth, arriving there at 7.40pm. Rose arrived back at the station at 8.30pm.
Two more launches followed in quick succession on Monday, 25th September. The first call-out came shortly after 4pm to go to the assistance of the 33 Foot angling vessel, "Madeline May", located 10 miles south of Falmouth. The vessel had broken down and was in need of a tow to Mylor; the lifeboat had returned to station by 7.45pm.
No sooner had the crew returned home than the pagers went again resulting in a second launch on service shortly before 8.30pm to go to the assistance of broken down motor yacht, "Antares”, positioned 5 miles off Lizard Point. The yacht, with 2 people on board, was stricken by contaminated fuel and was unable to proceed on her passage to Plymouth. RNLB Rose towed the yacht safely into Falmouth and had returned to station by midnight.
Thanks and appreciations were paid to all involved in a busy few hours for the lifeboat, her crew and shore crew.
The lifeboat was launched just before 2pm on Monday, 9th October, at the request of the Coastguard, following reports of a person at risk missing in the Kynance Cove area. A thorough shoreline search was carried out in company with local Cliff Rescue Teams and the MCA rescue helicopter. The helicopter located and recovered the missing person from nearby rocks to the privacy of an awaiting ambulance at Predannack airfield nearby. The lifeboat recovered her small sister vessel and returned to the station at 16.15 for wash-down and recovery.
We were overwhelmed with the response we got from our recent recruitment campaign and wish to thank everyone who showed great interest in joining our team. Owing to this success we can now only place future applicants on a reserve list. This may mean a considerable wait but an open opportunity to join the team as soon as possible. We were thrilled that so many expressed a desire to join us and look forward to welcoming everyone in due course.
Two events are planned before the end of the year. The Christmas Bazaar takes place in the Reading Room on Saturday, 25th November, and the annual Christmas Carolaire will be held in the station on Friday, 1st December, from 7pm.
Winter may be on the way but, operational commitments permitting, the crew and shore crew will continue to carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are most welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm.
Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
Lyndsay Bray Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station – 01326 290451


Photo taken by Geoffrey Squibb (click to enlarge)


From 'Lizard Lives' October 2017 magazine:
The Lizard Lifeboat

The Lizard Lifeboat was required to launch on service shortly after 3pm on Friday 15th September to go the assistance of a 22FT yacht "About Time" 3 miles off Lizard Point. 3 people were on board, 1 of whom was suffering from severe sea sickness and was unable to travel further. The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat and taken back to the station where medical assistance was waiting. The remaining two crew members on board the yacht were unable to continue with their journey so the lifeboat returned to its position and proceeded to safely tow the yacht in to Newlyn. Rose returned to her station at Kilcobben Cove at around 7.30pm.


The lifeboat being washed down prior to rehousing

Station personnel are to host two recruitment days during September in the hope of attracting new members to an already thriving team at The Lizard Lifeboat Station. Crew, Shore Crew, fundraisers, community safety advisors, deputy launch authorities and souvenir shop assistants are amongst the volunteer roles that are being recruited for. If you are interested in joining the RNLI and were unable to get the station on those days please call to arrange a convenient time to visit.

The fundraising group invited everyone to “Come to the Races” held at The Lizard Football & Social Club and compared by Phil Greet. A fun evening of horse racing (shown on a big screen of course – not real horses!) raised £270.00 for the station. Thank you to everyone who came and supported this event. Special thanks to Phil and his assistant Johnny and to all at the football club.

Even during the winter months and operational commitments permitting the crew and shore crew continue to carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are most welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm. Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.


Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum with Phil Greet

Lyndsay Bray
Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station – 01326 290451


From 'Lizard Lives' October 2017 magazine:
Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre News

DAVID GASCOIGNE
VISITOR CENTRE AND SHOP MANAGER


From 'Lizard Lives' September 2017 magazine:
The Lizard Lifeboat
The Lizard Lifeboat was required to launch on service shortly after 2pm on Wednesday 9th August following reports of an overdue diver.  The Coastguard helicopter 924 was also tasked along with both lifeboats from Falmouth and the Porthoustock Coastguards to assist in the search. Thankfully a short time after our arrival on scene the diver was located by the helicopter safe and well on the beach, allowing all rescue services to return to their stations.

The Fund Raising Committee has successfully hosted two annual events. The first was The Lizard Lifeboat Fete which took place on the football field in the village and attracted lots of visitors during the afternoon.  A fantastic £1300 was raised for the lifeboat. This was followed by the BIG BREAKFAST held at Landewednack School on Saturday 12th August. 155 breakfasts were cooked and served throughout the morning raising just over £1000 in the process. Grateful thanks are expressed to all of the extra volunteer helpers who gave up their time for both events also to Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s who generously donated food items for The Big Breakfast.

Lifeboat Fete and the Big Breakfast


Operational commitments permitting the crew and shore crew carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are most welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm. Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Lyndsay Bray
Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station – 01326 290451


From 'Lizard Lives' September 2017 magazine:
Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre News

DAVID GASCOIGNE
VISITOR CENTRE AND SHOP MANAGER


From 'Lizard Lives' August 2017 magazine:
The Lizard Lifeboat
The Lizard Lifeboat launched on service shortly after midnight on Thursday 20th July following reports of an alert from a distress beacon indicating a possible person in the water. The beacon was detected by a Merlin helicopter flying in a position of 8 miles south of Lizard Point. Thankfully after a thorough search of the area nothing was found and the lifeboat had returned to station by 01.30am.
The station has hosted several organised visits over the last month. Children from Class 1 at Landewednack School enjoyed a morning being shown around RNLB Rose and the station, as did youngsters from the Grade Ruan Under 5’s group. Thank you to all of the stations personnel who showed the children around during their visits. We think we have gained many more future crew members as a result of their time in the station and aboard Rose!
The first summer fund raising event of the season takes place on Sunday 30th July with the stations annual Lifeboat Fete in The Lizard Football field from 12 noon. This is always a lovely afternoon despite whatever the weather may bring! This event is closely followed by the Big Breakfast on Saturday 12th August from 8.30am in Landewednack School and Lifeboat Day at Kilcobben Cove on Sunday 20th August.
The crew and shore crew continue to carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are most welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm. Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Lyndsay Bray
Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station – 01326 290451

From 'Lizard Lives' August 2017 magazine:
Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre News


From 'Lizard Lives' July 2017 magazine:
The Lizard Lifeboat
The Lizard Lifeboat has not recently been required to launch on service and as of 20th June the crew have had no service calls during this month. There was however a special launch on the 3rd June to recognise and thank those who fund raise and/or give up their time in aid of our lifeboat. Our fundraising volunteers enjoyed a short trip around the bay followed by light refreshments in the crew room in recognition of the support they give to the station. A trip thoroughly enjoyed by all!
The lifeboat and her crew were delighted to be part of Falmouth Lifeboat’s 150th anniversary celebrations in June.  RNLB Rose moored up alongside Falmouth lifeboat and many enthusiastic visitors were able to board and be shown around both spectacular lifeboats. Many congratulations to our colleagues at Falmouth for their 150 years’ service of saving lives at sea.
The summer fundraising events for The Lizard Lifeboat begin on Sunday 30th July with the annual Lifeboat Fete in The Lizard Football Field from 12 noon.  A fun filled afternoon is guaranteed with the usual array of refreshments, raffles, games and Hayle Town Band to entertain. We hope to be able to welcome you all.
The crew and shore crew carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are most welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm. Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Lyndsay Bray
Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station – 01326 290451


Photographs (taken by Barrie Clarke) show the lifeboat entering and moored up in Falmouth
during the 150th anniversary celebrations of their station. (Click to enlarge.)

From 'Lizard Lives' July 2017 magazine:
Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre News


From 'Lizard Lives' June 2017 magazine:
The Lizard Lifeboat
The month of May has so far been fairly quiet at The Lizard Lifeboat Station as the crew have had no service calls to date.
The station is looking to recruit a Deputy Launch Authority (DLA) to their team. This is a voluntary position providing leadership in the absence of the Lifeboat Operations Manager. The right person should have leadership potential and some local maritime knowledge. It is crucial that a DLA lives within a reasonable distance from the station and is prepared to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when on duty. For further details on this position and for more information on any of the volunteer roles within the station please call 01326 290451.
The crew and shore crew carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are most welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm. Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
Lyndsay Bray
Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station – 01326 290451


Click to enlarge - a little.

From 'Lizard Lives' June 2017 magazine:
Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre News


From 'Lizard Lives' May 2017 magazine:
The Lizard Lifeboat
The Lizard Lifeboat RNLB “Rose” launched on service shortly before 11am on Saturday 25th March to go to the assistance of a yacht 3 miles south of Lizard Point. The yacht “Fair Winds of Avon” had suffered engine failure and was unable to sail due to damaged rigging. It had been on passage from Milford Haven to the Netherlands and had 2 people on board. A tow rope was passed from the lifeboat to the yacht which was then safely taken into Newlyn harbour arriving by 3pm. Upon arrival back at the station the sea conditions on the slipway were deemed unsafe to rehouse the lifeboat at that time. So a decision was made to take the lifeboat to Falmouth and wait for the sea conditions to improve. Whist in Falmouth, the crew was treated to a tasty fish and chip supper by a complete stranger who saw them waiting to be served. Quite obviously a terrific supporter of the RNLI whose generosity was gratefully received by the crew of The Lizard Lifeboat that evening!

A second launch on service followed shortly before 8pm on Friday 31st March to assist in the search for a 33ft cabin cruiser with two persons on board. The vessel “Cleopatra” had become disorientated after suffering a steering fault and called Falmouth Coastguard for help. Unsure of the vessels actual position Penlee and Sennen Cove lifeboats were also launched to assist in the search along with the coastguard rescue helicopter 942. After an extensive search the vessel was located a short time later by the helicopter, in a position 2 miles south of Lizard Point. The helicopter, Penlee and Sennen lifeboats were all stood down and The Lizard Lifeboat attached a line and safely towed the thankful occupants of “Cleopatra” into Falmouth. After arriving in Falmouth after 11pm, RNLB Rose returned to her station at Kilcobben Cove refuelled and was ready for service by 1am the following morning.

The crew and shore crew carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are most welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm. Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
Lyndsay Bray
Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station – 01326 290451


Crew member Adam Weston throwing a tow rope to the yacht "Fair winds of Avon" on Saturday 25th March.
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The Shore crew preparing for the arrival (back at station) of the lifeboat in the early hours of Saturday 1st April.

From 'Lizard Lives' May 2017 magazine:
Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre News


From 'Lizard Lives' April 2017 magazine:
The Lizard Lifeboat
The lifeboat has not recently been required to launch on service and to date the crew await their first call out of 2017. The crew and shore crew carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are most welcome to watch the lifeboat launch 6.30pm.
Several of our crew and shore crew members recently paid a visit to Newquay Airport to view the new HM Coastguard helicopter and to meet the crew. The lifeboat will train with the Coastguard helicopter in due course and we hope to welcome it and its crew to our annual Lifeboat Day for the search and rescue demonstration with RNLB Rose. The station is currently looking to recruit a Deputy Launch Authority (DLA). This voluntary position is to provide leadership in the absence of the Lifeboat Operations Manager. Ideally the right person should have leadership potential with some local maritime knowledge. Being IT literate and having some knowledge of the RNLI are also essential credentials for this role. It is crucial that a DLA lives within a reasonable distance from the station and is prepared to be available 24/7 when on duty. For further information on this position please call the station on 01326 290451.   Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
Lyndsay Bray, Lifeboat Press Officer, The Lizard Lifeboat Station - 290451

Photograph taken by Geoff Squibb - Rehousing after a launch on exercise, March 2017 (click to enlarge):

From 'Lizard Lives' April 2017 magazine:
Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre News

The history of THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT is a long and proud one.  Much of it is displayed in the Kilcobben Cove Heritage Centre and it makes fascinating viewing indeed. 

In 1859, following the loss of the barque-rigged steamer ‘CZAR’ when 13 lives were lost, the first of the three ANNA MARIAs to serve as The Lizard Lifeboat was welcomed at Lizard Point (at a cost of £136).  From then until the arrival in 2011 of ‘The Mighty Rose’ (at a cost of £2.7m), the Lizard boats and crews have given their all to help protect our ‘local’ waters.  A number of the incidents and the boats and crews involved are detailed in the Heritage Centre displays and they graphically illustrate the incredible work undertaken by the brave men and women of THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT.

Take a visit to the boathouse and see for yourself. It is certainly worth the effort, especially if you do it on a Tuesday evening to watch a 6.30pm exercise launch as well!

DAVID GASCOIGNE
VISITOR CENTRE MANAGER


From 'Lizard Lives' March 2017 magazine:
The Lizard Lifeboat

February has so far been a relatively quiet month at the station. The lifeboat has so far not been required to launch on service and to date the crew await their first call out of 2017. The crew and shore crew continue to carry out their weekly exercise training sessions on a Tuesday evening. Visitors are most welcome to watch the lifeboat launch at 6.30pm.

The station has recently welcomed two new recruits to the team. Geoff Negus and Shane Petit have both begun their shore crew training under the supervision of Head Launcher Jeff Ashby and fellow shore crew, with Shane hoping to progress to boat crew once his initial training period has been completed. We thank and welcome them both to The Lizard Lifeboat Station.

Dates have been set for the annual village events which take place in aid of the lifeboat. All dates can be seen here.

The fund raising committee always welcome extra help at these events, please call the station or message via the Facebook page if you would like to get involved.

Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Lyndsay Bray
Lifeboat Press Officer
The Lizard Lifeboat Station – 01326 290451


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From 'Lizard Lives' March 2017 magazine:
Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre News

Hi Everyone.

2017 has started with quite a bang and, despite some prolonged periods of strong and keen easterly winds accompanied by some pretty wet spells, visitor numbers to the Station for January and February are already up on last year.

RNLI HQ has promised a range of new and interesting items for the Visitor Centre Shop this year and some of these have already started to filter into the stock ordering system. I will bring you up to date with these as and when they become available.

Last year saw us host visitors from all parts of the country and all corners of the globe. In this last week alone we have already welcomed ‘local’ visitors from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and many counties of England. In half-term week we also said hello to the Delmas-Robin family from Brittany and the Manning- DesLauviers family from Ottawa in Canada. Both of these families thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Station and were extremely interested in learning something of the history of THE LIZARD LIFEBOAT and all that goes on at Kilcobben Cove. They were especially impressed with RNLB ROSE and both remarked on the amount of work which must be needed to keep her looking so immaculate.

Alan and Ray looked after our visitors from France and Anthea took care of those from Canada, especially their beautiful dog, Miss Ella. Both families were pleased to find some excellent mementos of their visits from the items on display in the Station Shop.

DAVID GASCOIGNE VISITOR CENTRE MANAGER


From 'Lizard Lives' February 2017 magazine: After several weeks away undergoing routine maintenance work we were delighted to welcome RNLB Rose back to her station at Kilcobben Cove just before Christmas. Although the festive period was relatively a quiet one for everyone at the station, routine exercise launches continued to take place and the crew were still on 24 hours call if needed. The lifeboat has so far not been required to launch on service and to date the crew await their first call out of 2017.
Congratulations were recently given to our Coxswain Andrew Putt and crew member Bob Harris who between them have given 50 years’ service to the RNLI. Andrew (30 years) and Bob (20 years) were presented with certificates acknowledging their continuous and loyal commitment to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.


Photographs show Andrew Putt and Bob Harris receiving their service certificates.

We are pleased to announce that from 11th January our new Lifeboat Siren came into operation. Whenever the lifeboat is required the village will now be alerted by a broadcast which lasts for up to 10 seconds and consists of a 2 seconds tone, followed by a voice warning, then ending with another 2 seconds tone. The siren has been fitted to the lifeboat mechanics house and will be in use between the hours of 8am and 10pm.
Up to date information, photographs and events including details on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found on the station’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Lyndsay Bray - The Lizard Lifeboat Station, Lifeboat Press Officer

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From 'Lizard Lives' February 2017 magazine:

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From 'Lizard Lives' December 2016 magazine: The relief Tamar class lifeboat currently on station at The Lizard was launched on service shortly after 11pm on Monday 7th November 2016 to go to the assistance of a 13m fishing vessel with engine failure. This was the second time in a month that “Celtic Dawn” from Mevagissey had called the coastguards for assistance resulting in the lifeboat spending 8 hours at sea.

The vessel was suffering from complete engine failure - 34 nautical miles S S E of Lizard Point with 4 persons on board. With moderate sea conditions a tow was passed from the lifeboat to the vessel and “Celtic Dawn” was safely towed into Flushing Quay at 6am, with much appreciation expressed from her skipper & crew.

The lifeboat returned to station at The Lizard, refuelled & was ready for service shortly after 7am, after 8 hours at sea. Lifeboat crew, Coxswain Andrew Putt, Mechanic Dan Atkinson, Second Mechanic Johnny Bray, Assistant Mechanics Steve & Nick Tattersall, Jacqui Dunmall & Mike Painton.

The Lizard Lifeboat RNLB Rose is currently undergoing essential routine maintenance at the All Weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole and will be back at Kilcobben Cove soon.


This photo shows the wash down at dawn! Rehousing at 7am on Tues 8th November

Lyndsay Bray, Lifeboat Press Officer

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The Lizard Lifeboat Station (from 'Lizard Lives' October 2016 magazine):
At the time of going to print, the lifeboat has been launched on service twice during October month, each time going to vessels with an engine problem. The first was shortly after 5pm on Monday 10th October, where the lifeboat was requested to go to the assistance of a 13m fishing vessel with engine failure. “Celtic Dawn” from Mevagissey was in a position of 30 NM off The Lizard with 5 people on board. Upon arrival on scene and under the command of Coxswain Andrew Putt a tow was passed from the lifeboat to the vessel and “Celtic Dawn” was safely towed into Newlyn. The lifeboat returned to station at The Lizard, refuelled and was ready for service by 12.30am having spent 7 hours at sea.

The second launch was on Monday 17th October. At 12.32pm the lifeboat was requested to assist a 27ft angling cruiser "L-Dian" with 2 people on board in a position of 1 mile south of Lizard Lighthouse. The vessel which had been on passage from Mylor to Penzance, was drifting south/south west with complete engine failure. A tow was passed and the lifeboat safely towed the vessel into Newlyn. Arriving back at the station at 6.45pm.

The Lizard Lifeboat RNLB Rose is currently undergoing essential routine maintenance at the All Weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole and will be back on station in the coming weeks. In the meantime a relief Tamar class lifeboat is on station at Kilcobben Cove.

Lyndsay Bray LPO (Lifeboat Press Officer)

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The Lizard Lifeboat Station (from 'Lizard Lives' September 2016 magazine):
The Lizard all-weather Tamar class lifeboat Rose has a top speed of 25 knots, a range of 250 miles and carries a crew of seven. Originally with two lifeboat stations at Polpeor and Cadgwith, the lifeboat is now located at Kilcobben Cove.

August is usually very busy for personnel at any lifeboat station and here at the The Lizard there is no exception. The Lizard Lifeboat has been required to launch on service twice in the first two weeks of August, the first launch on Monday 1st August saw the lifeboat crew deal with three separate incidents. After the initial call to assist a casualty cut off by the tide at Lizard Point, RNLB Rose was diverted to another incident involving three divers who had failed to surface in Coverack. After a search of the area our crew located the divers just off Lowland Point. Thankfully all three were later confirmed to be fit and well. Homeward bound but not until after going to the assistance of a yacht suffering with an engine problem and unable to sail. Our colleagues from Falmouth Lifeboat who had also been in attendance at Coverack were handed the tow and took the yacht in to Falmouth.

Our second launch was shortly after 7am on Tuesday 16th August. This was to go to the assistance of a lone yachtsman whose vessel "Blue Lagoon" was short of fuel and drifting with damaged sails. Located 2 miles SE of Black Head, the lifeboat safely towed the yacht into Falmouth.

With the exception of our annual summer fete which takes places at the end of July each year, August is also the busiest fund-raising month for The Lizard Lifeboat Station. We successfully held another "Big Breakfast" event - raising just over £800 - and, at the time of writing this, are preparing for our annual Lifeboat Day which welcomes visitors to Kilcobben Cove. The station will be open to visitors for the day where souvenirs can be bought and refreshments enjoyed. We are also delighted to welcome personnel from Mullion Fire Station and HM Coastguards from Mullion; though the highlight of the day is watching the lifeboat launch and exercise with the S- 92 Coastguard helicopter in the bay off the lifeboat slip.

All of the service and fund-raising reports and pictures, along with information on how you can get involved, can be found on the station's website The Lizard Lifeboat or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The lifeboats have been operating for well over 150 years and the crews have been presented with 12 awards for gallantry.

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Lifeboat Station

The Lizard Lifeboat Station Shop was established soon after our new Station officially opened in May 2012. The newly created Station Shop linked up and combined with our local "RNLI Sales Roadshow" which had previously been operating from a base at Ruan Minor since 2008.

The Shop began in a small way and worked from a couple of tables placed in a corner of the Boathouse. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of two local donors, we were able to purchase some impressive display cabinets and, after a little while, RNLI resources provided a very nice counter unit. Following two successful years of trading, additional display units and a shop till were resourced by RNLI HQ to help develop and expand our operation. A major boost to our sales opportunities was created last October when we became proud owners of a PDQ card machine which is particularly useful to coastal path walkers who do not want to carry too much cash with them.

Being situated at the bottom of a 150 ft cliff at the tip of Cornwall's southen end presents 'difficulties' that many of the RNLI Shops, with their prime positions and significant footfall do not have to cope with. However, by careful choice from the souvenir products available in the RNLI, Poole Sales Catalogue it has been possible to offer a range of products that visitors, Cornwall Coastal Path walkers and local residents find interesting, attractive and value for money. In particular, we have had wonderful support from the local community who use the Station Shop frequently and also regularly attend our other fundraising activities.

From clothing to Christmas cards, from key rings to calendars, from confectionery and Lifeboat Tea to toys and stationery and from shopping bags to biscuits, children's wellies and jigsaws, we offer a plethora of choice enough to satisfy the keenest of bargain hunters. It's all here for those who want a satisfying memory of their visit or to purchase gifts for family and friends.

Our Shop is operated throughout the year by a small, hardworking band of volunteers who give their time and efforts completely free of charge to raise money for the benefit of the RNLI and in particular of course, for RNLI ROSE.

In addition to running the shop, our band of volunteers are also on hand to help those visitors who wish to use our superb Heritage Centre to delve a little more deeply into the history of the Lizard Lifeboat and who want to learn more about RNLB ROSE and what happens on a day to day basis at Kilcobben Cove – especially when ROSE and her crews are tasked to go 'OUT ON A SHOUT'.

David Gascoigne - Shop and Sales Manager

Link to the Lizard Lifeboat website

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