At 7.59pm on 31st March, just as darkness was falling, Penlee Lifeboat received a launch request from Falmouth Coastguard and were tasked to help search for a 33ft cabin cruiser, with two persons onboard, that had steering problems, was unsure of its position, and required assistance. The Lizard Lifeboat 'Rose', and the Sennen Lifeboat 'City of London III' were also tasked.
Using radar the Ivan Ellen lifeboat conducted a search of Mount's Bay between Lamorna and Cudden Point - the vessel was thought to be 2 miles from land. The Lizard lifeboat 'Rose' started their search towards Porthleven. During the search our lifeboat saw a small vessel west of Porthleven and headed towards its position, only to find it was a 36ft fishing vessel.
The Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter, Rescue 924, then joined the search for this vessel. At around 9.00pm Rescue 924 located the cabin cruiser 2 miles south of the Lizard Point - Penlee Lifeboat then stood by whilst the Lizard Lifeboat approached the vessel and connected a tow. At 9:20pm the Lizard Lifeboat started towing the vessel towards Falmouth, arriving safely in harbour at 11.00pm.
Penlee Lifeboat then returned to station arriving at 10.00pm.
Weather WSW 4 mod sea 4m swell.