Kilcobben Cove at The Lizard was the setting for another well supported lifeboat day hosted by crew, shore crew and fundraisers from The Lizard Lifeboat station.
Visitors were wowed by the Lizard Lifeboat “Rose” demonstrating an air sea rescue scene with a Sea King helicopter from 771 Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose in Helston.
Lifeboat souvenirs could be bought and refreshments including a barbecue and Cornish cream teas were served throughout the afternoon.
The day heralded the launch of the 2015 Lizard Lifeboat calendar, which is now on sale at the station and in various shops in the village and local area.
Visitors were also invited to guess weight of the Cornish pasty, which was baked and donated by Ann’s Pasties. The RNLI Lifeguards were in attendance during the day, as were the HM Coastguard team from Mullion.
However the coastguards had to make a hasty retreat, as they were called away to attend an incident on a nearby cliff path where their services were required.
This in turn cast a doubt as to whether the helicopter would be able to return to the station in time to carry out the demonstration – proving to the many visitors at Kilcobben Cove that these events can only take place if the rescue services are not actually required.
The crowds that remained at the station and on the surrounding cliffs and footpaths were not to be disappointed, as the helicopter returned right on cue to carry out the demonstration with the lifeboat.
Lyndsay Bray, a volunteer with the Lizard RNLI, said: “Thanks go 771 Squadron from RNAS Culdrose, Phil Greet for providing the PA and sound system, Ann’s Pasties for donating the huge Cornish pasty, The Witchball Restaurant for proving the delicious scones for the cream teas, to everyone who donated refreshments and raffle prizes, to all of the volunteers who gave up their time to help during the day and finally to everyone who came and made the event a resounding success yet again.”
Another fundraising event is due to take place this Saturday (August 23) when members of the Lizard Lifeboat and any other willing participants will attempt to abseil a total of 8,848 metres – the height of Mount Everest – in 25 metre sections down a steep cliff face near Kynance Cove.
For further information on the abseil event and how to get involved contact David Issitt on 07761 904060.