The solo skipper reported that his yacht was short of fuel and had damaged sails. The vessel was drifting off The Lizard in West Cornwall.

A lone yachtsman has been rescued off The Lizard after he ran short of fuel and began drifting.

The sails on the 14-metre yacht, Blue Lagoon, were also damaged.

The solo skipper contacted the UK Coastguard to request assistance.

The Lizard all-weather lifeboat, Rose, was launched  just before 7am on 16 August.

Lizard RNLI tows Blue Lagoon back to Falmouth

Blue Lagoon is towed back to Falmouth. Credit: Johnny Bray

It found the yacht two miles south east of Black Head.

One of the volunteer RNLI crew went aboard the Blue Lagoon to establish a tow.

The yacht was then towed safely into Falmouth where the skipper could make repairs.