New Lizard Lifeboat Visiting Islands

St Mary's lifeboat station

The new RNLI Lizard lifeboat, Rose, is coming over to our islands as part of a tour of southwest lifeboat stations on Thursday.

St Mary’s Lifeboat Launch Authority, Chris Thomas, says the crew of seven will be staying overnight and he hopes to have our lifeboat on the quayside next to her.

Local appeals have raised £300,000 towards the £2.7 million cost of the new Tamar class vessel.

Here, Chris says he’s asking RNLI HQ for a Lantic 75 rib. He says one-third of our lifeboat shouts could be handled with a smaller and more flexible vessel.

Recent rescues of two yachts in trouble off Porthmellon and Porthcressa could have been attended by a rib.

Chris says the maximum rib crew age is 45 compared with 55 for the main boat and he hopes this could bring some newer blood into the organisation if his request for the purchase is granted.