Lizard lifeboat helps fishing trawler off Lizard Point
11:04am Wednesday 5th September 2012 in News
The Lizard lifeboat has launched to help a 16-metre trawler suffering gear box problems.
The fishing boat had one crewmember onboard and was struggling one mile southwest of Lizard Point.
The Padstow registered trawler ‘Charisma’ was returning to her home port from Fowey after a refit, when the vessel’s gear box started to falter.
The owner of the trawler, who was skippering the vessel, reported the problem to Falmouth Coastguard and the Lizard lifeboat was asked to assist.
At just after 4.30pm on Monday the lifeboat launched and located ‘Charisma’ off Mullion, still motoring as its gear box was still functioning.
It was decided to place lifeboat crew member Dave Stevens onboard to help the skipper and then escort the boat to Newlyn.
The lifeboat and Charisma arrived safely at Newlyn and a berth in the harbour was found so repairs could be carried out. The Lizard lifeboat then returned her station, arriving just after 8.30pm.
The lifeboat crew were deputy second coxswain Dan Atkinson, second mechanic Johnny Bray, RNLI deputy divisional engineer Dave Jackman and crew members Dave Stevens, Darren Thirlaway, Burnard Nixon and Kevin Kinvig.
This was the first callout for new crew members Burnard and Kevin.