The Lizard lifeboat was called out to the traditional vessel on Wednesday morning after losing its mast, sails and rigging overboard

A 100-year-old yacht

had to be rescued on Wednesday after its mast collpased three miles southwest

of Lizard Point.

Ruth’s skipper contacted Falmouth Coastguard after the vessel’s wooden mast

broke, sending the rigging and sails overboard.

The Lizard’s Tamar

class all-weather lifeboat went to the aid of the yacht, which had four crew on


Once at the scene, it

was clear that the mast was far too big and heavy to get put back onboard the


In addition, the

lifeboat crew were concerned that if the boat’s engine was started, the rigging

may foul her propeller.

As a result, a towline was set up and it took more than four hours to bring the vessel into Falmouth

Harbour, where she was placed on a mooring.

Lizard lifeboat

station mechanic Dan Atkinson, said: “Ruth is a lovely old wooden Baltic

Trading vessel. Her main mast collapsed and the master had no other option but

to give the coastguard a call for assistance.

“We set up a line on

board and towed her steadily to Falmouth.”

This was the second

incident in three days that the Lizard lifeboat had to deal with after

assisting a 33ft fishing vessel with a damaged propeller on Monday.

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Picture credit: RNLI