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Old Lizard Lifeboat Station

This is the site of the original lifeboat station at the Lizard, established by the RNLI in 1859, this newer boathouse built in 1914. It was always a difficult place to launch from, basically pointing directly south west in to the direction of many of the worst gales. In the 1960s a new one was built a little along the coast to be able to launch from a more sheltered spot.

Wikipedia says "he biggest rescue in the RNLI's history was 17 March 1907 when the twelve thousand tonne liner SS Suevic hit the Maenheere Reef near Lizard Point. In a strong gale and dense fog RNLI lifeboat volunteers rescued 456 passengers, including seventy babies. Crews from The Lizard, Cadgwith, Coverack and Porthleven rowed out repeatedly for sixteen hours to rescue all of the people on board. Six silver RNLI medals were later awarded, two to Suevic crew members." Yes, rowed out!

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Taken on May 24, 2009