A couple rescued from their yacht in stormy seas off the Cornish coast say they only survived thanks to the bravery of lifeboat crews. The dramatic rescue off the Lizard was captured on camera by the RNLI. Steve Hardy has this exclusive report.
The RNLI have released footage of a crewman rescuing two people off Lizard Point this weekend. The crewman seen here came to help them after they'd suffered rigging damage in 40 miles per winds. The boat was towed to Falmouth nearly five and half hours later.
RNLI have released footage of a crewman jumping onto a yacht off the Lizard before setting up a tow to get into harbour. The footage shows the daily bravery of the team jumping onto a yacht moving fast through high winds.
Work is being done to salvage a cargo vessel that was sinking off The Lizard this morning. Five crew members were brought into Falmouth after efforts to pump water from the vessel failed.
"We received the mayday broadcast from the 'Sea Breeze' at 7.00 am and were able to get lifeboats and the helicopter on scene quickly, along with other vessels that were in the vicinity. The lifeboats and helicopter pumped water off the cargo vessel, whilst HMS Tyne was on its way with commercial pumps. "
"However, unfortunately, the smaller pumps could not keep up with the ingress of water and the crew had to abandon ship at 8.40 am. Five of the crew are now safely ashore. A couple of them have minor injuries. The captain has remained on scene on board HMS Tyne to help with the salvage operation."
Five crew members are being brought into Falmouth by lifeboat after their coaster started to sink off The Lizard. Two lifeboats and a helicopter were called to the coaster 11 miles south east off The Lizard this morning.
Reports say efforts to pump out water from the flooded engine room aren't working. The skipper of the coaster is staying on the scene.
New tenants are settling in at mainland Britain's most southerly farm. The Amiss family took over the farm on The Lizard in September. They've agreed to run the farm on a 20 year lease from the landowners, The National Trust.
Five people have been rescued after their boat sank in stormy conditions off the Cornish coast. The RNLI and RNAS Culdrose search and rescue helicopter helped to rescue the crew from the sinking French fishing vessel off the Lizard around 1am this morning.
Two tankers also helped to shelter the boat while waiting for rescue.
"With stormy conditions out to sea, we needed to act quickly to help these five crew members try to stop the water coming into their boat. Unfortunately, the pumps could not cope and they had to get into their life craft. From there they were winched to safety. "Luckily none of the five were hurt or showing signs of hypothermia as they were all wearing survival suits. This undoubtedly aided their survival in what have been tricky conditions tonight."