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15th oct

First Lizard “Shout” for its new coxswain

The 40ft Norwegian Yacht the Udin on passage from Ireland to Plymouth called for help when she became badly entangled in fishing lines six miles off The Lizard on October 15th. The two crew on board had tried unsuccessfully to clear the propeller, but when one came close to being separated from the yacht the decision was made to call for assistance. The Lizard Lifeboat launched at 11.20 from her mooring at Cadgwith under the command for the first time of the Lizard's new coxswain Andrew Putt. The lifeboat was soon on the scene and took nearly two hours to free the yacht from the line, but because Udin’s propeller was still entangled, the lifeboat took her in tow to Newlyn. The lifeboat returned to her mooring off Cadgwith at 6.05 pm – in time for her crew to dash home for a quick change before a farewell party at The Housel Bay Hotel for retiring coxswain Phil Burgess. Phil also attended the shout (his last!) but did not go out on the boat. The evening event was organised by the crew for Phil and was very well attended with many neighbouring stations’ coxswains and crew attending as well. The evening marked many memories of Phil over his 40 years with the Lizard Lifeboat – 22 as coxswain - not least of all his very own rendition of 'Hey Ho Silver Lining'! Andrew Putt officially took over on October 18th after a month’s “shadowing” Phil. He was previously coxswain/mechanic at Ilfracombe.

Picture shows the crew on their return to Cadgwith: Coxswain Andrew Putt, second Coxswain Louis Mitchell, Deputy 2nd Coxswain John Hill, Mechanic Dan Atkinson, 2nd Mechanic Johnny Bray and crewmen Simon Fayers and Adam Weston.

11th Sept

Lifeboat spends 8 hours at sea in overnight rescue of yacht

Saturday evening proved anything but relaxing for The Lizard lifeboat volunteer crew, who were alerted at midnight by Falmouth Coastguard to launch to the aid of the stricken single handed yacht Toronaeo, 20 miles south of Lizard Point, struggling with a damaged mast and inadequate propulsion, in rough sea conditions.

RNLI Coxswain Phil Burgess and his crew launched on service at 12.20am from the relatively calm waters off Cadgwith Cove to search for the casualty.

Initial information was confusing as the yacht's EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon) was still registered in France following a recent change of ownership, so the search to locate the stricken yacht involved coastguard services on both sides of the channel.

All was resolved when communications were eventually established with Toronaeo. However the initial position of 10 miles south of Lizard Point was corrected to 20 miles, meaning Coxswain Burgess and the volunteer crew had a serious night's work ahead in heavy seas. Eventually they found the yacht at 1.43am.

Once on scene, a tow line was passed from the lifeboat to the yacht, and a slow but steady passage commenced north to Falmouth.

After a four hour passage, Coxswain Burgess and his volunteer crew safely secured the yacht and her extremely relieved lone crewman alongside at Port Pendennis Marina, allowing the lifeboat to refuel before returning back to her mooring off Cadgwith Cove, eventually arriving home at 8.30am.

Coxswain Burgess and his crew of Mechanic Dan Atkinson, 2nd Mechanic Johnny Bray, and crewmen Darren Thirlaway, Brett Jose, Adam Weston and Steve Tattersall retired home at 8.45am to a well earned breakfast before once again getting on with the remaining weekend relaxation time with their families and friends.

Coxswain Burgess remarked, that operating the lifeboat in these sometimes difficult conditions whilst our station is being rebuilt, presents little bother to the crew and shore team, He adds: 'All the volunteers get on with the job reliably, enthusiastically and with the minimum of fuss, regardless of the time of day or endurance involve, it's a real credit to every one of them'.

4th Aug 2010

Double delight for yacht rescue

The two crew members aboard the 32ft Poole yacht Shearwater thought they were off on a well- earned holiday cruise from Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly, when suddenly everything came to a grinding halt just a mile east of Lizard Point as their vessel became snagged fast on fishing gear, .

The Lizard lifeboat swiftly responded to the Coastguards' call for its help and set off from its temporary home at Cadgwith. Coxswain Phil Burgess and his crew managed to release the vessel but with little wind and a snagged propeller, the yacht was taken in tow back to the lifeboat mooring to use the lifeboat's boarding boat to get a closer inspection. To the delight of Shearwater's crew, The lifeboat saved the day by releasing all the snagging matter from her hull, allowing her to proceed on her original track for the Isles of Scilly.

To the delight also of the lifeboat crew, this proved to be a doubly satisfying shout: lifeboat mechanic Dan Atkinson's son Marcus (17) was also aboard, for his first-ever shout.

Photograph attachment: Crewman Adam Weston, Coxswain Phil Burgess, Mechanic Dan Atkinson, Crewman Marcus Atkinson & 2nd Mechanic Johnny Bray (absent from photo, Crewman Danny Allerton also aboard for this shout.)


June 2010


June turned out to be a busy month for The Lizard Lifeboat – just days after the David Robinson lost its slipway and had to be moored offshore for the remainder of its life at The Lizard.

The first shout 'afloat' came at 23.38hrs on 3rd June to the TransAt yacht Bumble Bee' becalmed with engine failure one mile east of Black Head.

The new assembly procedure and crew transfer out to the boat from Cadgwith went well and under Phil Burgess’s command the lifeboat was swiftly on its way on a successful mission to help the stricken yacht.

Then on 19th June the David Robinson was again in action, this time from its other mooring at Polpeor (the most southerly cove) to the 32ft yacht Finola, recovered back to Falmouth from a position 12 miles south east of Lizard Point after her exhausted crew contacted the coastguard to report complete engine failure. And then it was off again on the 23rd to the aid of the 10 metre motor vessel Panda B, adrift and powerless three miles to the south of Lizard Point with two crew aboard.

And yet again! In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Coastguard alerted station Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum to request launching once again, this time to the 60’ yacht Amigo, with a crew of six, reporting a complete power failure in little or no wind, in the vicinity of busy shipping lanes, 20 miles to the south east of Lizard Point.

The Amigo fortunately regained full power before David Robinson’ had slipped from her mooring off Cadgwith. The lifeboat crew and shore team were gladly stood down!

Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum said “It’s a credit to them all, such enthusiasm and eagerness on their part to getting the job done is to be commended”.

He added that since demolition works had started at the lifeboat station and slipway at Kilcobben Cove, there had been inevitable huge upheaval, including relocation to no fewer than three separate operating sites, which has been a logistical challenge for everyone, particularly Coxswain Phil Burgess and Mechanic Dan Atkinson.

Mr Nuzum said, that following a considerable programme of familiarisation training with new equipment, learning new launching procedures and generally all working happily and effectively together, the station’s response to these recent service alerts has proved very successful.



Devon & Cornwall Police alerted Falmouth Coastguard on February 9th of a reported missing person suspected to be in the sea off Kynance Cove on the Lizard peninsula.

The Lizard Lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain Phil Burgess was promptly launched into a heavy easterly sea to join a police helicopter, coastguard cliff rescue teams and several small vessels to carry out a search of the local coastline.

Following a thoroughly detailed search, sadly in vain, all the rescue services were stood down by the Coastguard to return to base.

After a challenging three hours at sea, Coxswain Burgess reluctantly headed back to base with his crew, Station Mechanic Dan Atkinson, Second Coxswain David Hill, Second Mechanic Jonny Bray and crewmen Dr Robert Edgerley, Brett Jose and Rob Goddard, for a typically dramatic and skilful recovery, in difficult sea conditions back up the slipway to the boathouse.

02.02 10


The Lizard Lifeboat, under the command of Second Coxswain David Hill, launched on February 2nd after Falmouth Coastguard received a call from the car ferry Oscar Wilde reporting that they had a fire in the engine room.

The ferry, operated by Irish Ferries had just completed a refit in Falmouth Docks and had departed the port on Tuesday afternoon with 113 crew on board for sea trials before resuming service between Rosslare and Cherbourg at the weekend.

Considered by Falmouth Coastguard to be a potentially serious incident, all available emergency services in the region were alerted and directed to the scene, two and a half miles east of the Lizard peninsula, near the infamous Manacles rocks.
Accompanying The Lizard lifeboat was Falmouth Lifeboat, the Coastguard tug Anglian Princess, several smaller tugs from Falmouth, two rescue helicopters from RNAS Culdrose 771 Squadron and a multitude of specialist fire fighters and other personnel from the Marine Incident Response Group.

The Lizard and Falmouth lifeboats took up station close to the casualty in readiness for a mass evacuation of the 113 crew if necessary.
The Lizard Lifeboat Operations Manager Ned Nuzum commented: “Once again the need for strategically located lifeboats and their fully trained volunteer crews, ready to launch in all weathers, day or night to the assistance of those in peril on the sea, has been drastically highlighted by this incident.”
Fortunately the fire aboard the Oscar Wilde was brought under control promptly, all 113 crew were accounted for and the emergency services were stood down before midnight.

Dec.10th 09


A full day at the office, then over eight hours at sea before a welcome cuppa on return, then home to bed for a couple of hours sleep, before starting the day all over again!! – a not un-typical experience for lifeboat crew at The Lizard Lifeboat station.

Following an alert form Falmouth Coastguard last night, The Lizard Lifeboat was launched at 6.10pm to the aid of the Fowey registered fishing vessel 'Red Vixen', with two crew aboard, adrift with a fouled propeller, 28 miles south of Lizard Point.

Under the command of local fisherman Deputy Second Coxswain Louis Mitchell, together with his six crew members - John Hill, Rob Goddard, Josh Legge, Simon Fayers, Richard Woodmansey and full time mechanic Dan Atkinson, the lifeboat promptly found the casualty and towed her slowly north to Falmouth, arriving at Custom House Quay at 1.25am before steaming back to her boathouse in Kilcobben Cove.

Deputy Coxswain Mitchell said 'This was a routine service for us, well carried out by a very enthusiastic crew' adding, that although the crew of the Red VIxen were obviously relieved to see the lifeboat appear out of the darkness, they also appeared to be a little red faced too, as this had been the third launch of The Lizard lifeboat to their assistance this year.

By 4am the lifeboat had been recovered up the slipway, rehoused, washed down, refuelled and was declared ready for service once again.

November 23rd 09


The Lizard Lifeboat launched into heavy seas on November 23rd to the aid of the stricken Panamanian gas tanker 'Antigoni', adrift with machinery failure and struggling to anchor in a position 1.5 miles south east of Lizard Point.

The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Phil Burgess was ordered to stand by the casualty while repairs aboard  were being carried out to get her safely underway once again.

Falmouth Coastguard also tasked the MCA tug 'Anglian Princess' and a locally-based Dutch tug to the proceed to the scene, to render assistance if required.

The tanker was ordered to abort anchoring in the area, as a snagging hazard with seabed telecommunications cables was likely.

Once the coastguard had assessed  the casualty was drifting in a safe direction, away from the coastline, and with the two tugs in company to assist if required,  The Lizard lifeboat was released to return back to her base at Kilcobben Cove.

Mission accomplished, a little excitement soon followed the morning's work: The Lizard lifeboat station recruited a new full-time station mechanic, Dan Atkinson, from Fowey, three months ago and this launch gave a delighted Dan his  first operational service with the boat. 

So the shore crew, together with Dan's wife Sue, were assembled in the boathouse, ready to greet Dan and the crew back after a job well done together. A small celebration followed in the crewroom  for Dan and his fellow crew members over a welcome cuppa and chat about the morning's work.

Without further ado or  fuss on his part, it was quickly back to 'business as usual' for  Dan as he refuelled the boat and declared her ready for service once again before settling into an afternoon of routine maintenance and polishing braswork etc on the boat he can now rightly call - 'his own!".


  1. Stricken gas tanker 'Antigoni' struggling in heavy seas to secure her port anchor.

  2. The new station mechanic

  3. Tanker struggling with both anchor cables deployed.

July 2nd 2009

Drifting yacht towed to safety

The crew of the 36ft Bavaria Yacht 'Reflection' were pleased to receive a tow to the safety of Falmouth from The Lizard Lifeboat on the evening of July 2nd, after they suffered a total machinery failure and the prospect of having no navigation lights as darkness approached.

A launch request from Falmouth Coastguard soon turned into a dash to assist the 'Reflection' adrift 5.5 nautical miles south of Lizard Point.

The Lizard lifeboat, under the command of Deputy Second Coxswain John Hill launched to the rescue shortly after 8pm with fellow crew members Jonathan Bray (Assistant Mechanic), Gary Hill, Steve Tattersall, Peran Pryor, Elsa Chance and Malcolm Richardson (Relief Mechanic).

After almost five hours at sea, The Lizard Lifeboat arrived back to her station at Kilcobben Cove to be refuelled and ready for her next service.

June 11th 2009


A routine exercise for The Lizard Lifeboat and 771 Search and Rescue Squadron from RNAS Culdrose last night turned into reality on June 11th when both units were sent to the aid of the Falmouth registered fishing vessel 'Harvester', with three crew aboard, reporting an engine room fire. The vessel was powerless and without radio communication. The two rescue units were to united again, but this time for real.

The rescue took place five miles south of the infamous Manacles Rocks off the east Cornish coastline. A Royal Navy crewman was winched on board to evaluate the problem. The lifeboat went alongside and passed a towline ready for passage to Falmouth. For many of the younger members of the lifeboat crew, the previous night's training exercise was their first experience of being winched up to a helicopter. Deputy Second Coxswain John Hill (just 21 years old) commanding the lifeboat for last night's exercise, said that the crew were extremely satisfied and pleased with the helicopter training session. The lifeboat was back in its boathouse after a five-hour operation.

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May 20th 2009


The Lizard Lifeboat launched on May 20th at 19.13hrs to the aid of the Fowey registered fishing vessel Red Vixen 17 nautical miles south of Lizard Point, reporting a power failure with a full load of fish aboard.

Under the command of Second Coxswain David Hill, the lifeboat launched to pass a tow to the casualty and by 20.45hrs both vessels were Falmouth bound.
The lifeboat returned to base after almost seven hours at sea. By 3am the lifeboat crew got to bed for some rest before routinely departing for work a short time later at 8am, and earlier for a couple of fishermen among them.

May 3rd 2009

The Lizard Lifeboat launched to the aid of the Fowey registered fishing vessel Red Vixen 18 nautical miles south of Lizard Point, reporting a leaking hull. The Lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Phil Burgess transferred crew and pump aboard the Red Vixen and within a short time the problem was under control. Red Vixen was soon on track back to her home port of Polruan after a brief escort from the lifeboat.

May 3rd 2009

The afternoon's work on May 3rd was not over for the lifeboat: on the way home it intercepted a radio call from a diving boat reporting a diver aboard with the bends. Following inquiries by Coxswain Burgess to the dive boat, it became apparent that the seriousness of the situation needed an urgent helicopter transfer of the casualty to a decompression chamber.

Falmouth Coastguard directed the diver to be transferred from the dive boat to the lifeboat in readiness for airlifting to a Culdrose Search and Rescue Sea King. The diver was subsequently transferred to the aircraft and taken to Fort Bovisand Diving Centre in Plymouth. The Lizard Lifeboat arrived back at its Kilcobben Cove base after more than four hours at sea andnot one but two jobs well done.

April 15th 2009

Following a call for help via Falmouth Coastguard, The Lifeboat launched to the aid of the 42ft British Motor Cruiser 'Envisage', with five people on board, powerless and adrift some eight miles south east of Lizard Point.

The yacht had been on passage from The Isles of Scilly to Plymouth when an unavoidable encounter with a huge piece of discarded fishing net snagged her propellers. The Lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Phil Burgess passed a tow to a very relieved 'Envisage' crew for the tow to Falmouth.

As a good will gesture for their rescuers, the crew of 'Envisage' treated The Lifeboat crew to a well-earned fish and chip supper before they parted company for the lifeboat's passage back to the station at Kilcobben Cove.

March 18th, 2009

The Lizard Lifeboat David Robinson was launched at lunchtime to the aid of a French yacht, feared sinking, following a collision with a merchant vessel.

The two man crew had recently picked up the newly purchased vessel from Falmouth and were on passage to France when the collision occurred in very thick fog. Fearing the worst case, they transmitted a mayday indicating they were in danger of sinking, alerting Falmouth Coastguard to launch the lifeboat and a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.

The Lizard Lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Phil Burgess went to the yacht approximately 14 nautical miles to the south east of Lizard Point. Both the rescue helicopter and Lizard lifeboat were stood down when the crew realised the yacht was not sinking.



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