Cornwall

New Lizard lifeboat carries out its first rescue

The Lizard lifeboat - Pic: Geoff Squibb
Image caption The RNLB Rose was called out to help a Newlyn fishing boat

A new lifeboat based at the Lizard in west Cornwall has been launched for its first rescue.

The RNLB Rose was called out to help a Newlyn fishing boat with six people on board after it suffered engine failure.

The 18m (60ft) crabber Sparkling Line got into trouble 21 miles off The Lizard just before 21:00 BST on Saturday.

The Penlee lifeboat later took over, towing the crabber back to port because of poor weather conditions.

Lizard lifeboat operations manager Ned Nuzum said: "This was a fantastic response from the crew and shore crew.

"Although we have carried out a number of practice launches over the past couple of weeks, it is good to get the first emergency under our belt and the launch was executed really well with the boat launching safely and efficiently."

The Penlee lifeboat took over the towing of the Sparkling Line at 02:00 BST on Sunday, reaching Newlyn harbour at 04:05 BST.

The new Lizard lifeboat, which cost £2.7m, replaced the Tyne-class boat, the David Robinson, which was more than 20 years old.

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