RNLI volunteers responded after three men were found holding onto a line of lobster pots after their boat broke down.

Three men were forced to cling to a line of lobster pots after their boat suffered engine failure and started drifting towards the cliffs.

One of them managed to contact Newquay RNLI via mobile phone as their vessel got nearer to the rocks, close to the Huer’s Hut at Towan Head.

The volunteer crew of the RNLI’s D class inshore lifeboat, Enid May, were paged at just before 4pm.

On arrival, they found the three men holding onto a line of lobster pots.

Once the men were safety on board the lifeboat, the crew secured the 16-foot cabin cruiser and towed it back to Newquay Harbour.

The incident happened on 29 October, 2016.

A spokesman for Newquay RNLI said: “Our RNLI lifeboat volunteers rescued three men in a broken-down boat who were drifting towards the cliffs near the Huer’s Hut.”

“The pagers were activated at 3.54pm after the group had called for help on a mobile phone and our RNLI volunteers responded in the charity’s D class inshore lifeboat,” continued the spokesman.

“In a light north-easterly wind and 1.5-metre swell, the men were found clinging to a line of lobster pots, ten-feet off the cliff and their 16-foot cabin cruiser was quickly towed to the safety of Newquay Harbour.”