A FALMOUTH lifeboat damaged during a rescue operation was repaired free by a Flushing company.
The Richard Cox Scott was damaged while rescuing the crew of a sinking coaster towed into Fowey in March.
The Severn-class lifeboat arrived at dawn at Falmouth Boat Construction (FBC) at Flushing where shipwrights repaired the starboard toe rail and handrail.
By dusk she had been pressure-washed and relaunched, and was able to return to service.
Coxswain Mark Pollard said: "It can be an expensive business hauling a Severn-class lifeboat out of the water, and there are three around Cornwall that have to be taken out every six months for a check-up.
"To have the generous help of Falmouth Boat Construction, who hauled the Falmouth lifeboat out for us as a gesture of support, means a lot when it comes to cost-saving.
"Funds that would have had to be used can now be used elsewhere to support the fleet."
The company's owner, Jonathan Fielding, said the yard had worked with the RNLI for more than 75 years: "We especially enjoy working with the local lifeboats, stations and crews as the majority of our RNLI work is on boats stationed out of county.
"It's always a challenge to make the fastest possible turnaround. We return the lifeboat to station as soon as possible and so minimise disruption to service.
"It's a pleasure to support the RNLI in the best way we can in their mission to save lives."