Sennen and Penlee Lifeboats launch to reported upturned vessel off Land's End
Lifeboats News Release
At 10.14am on Tuesday 18 October, the crew pagers at RNLI Penlee sounded and the volunteer crew were tasked to join the search for possible persons in the water 6 miles west of Land's End.
A passing merchant ship, the MV Zeeland, had spotted and
reported the upturned vessel to HM Coastguard at Falmouth.
The all-weather lifeboat Ivan Ellen immediately
launched from Newlyn and steamed to the search area where they joined the
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III and the HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter 924. A coordinated and
well organised search then took place.
At about 11.30am the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 924 located the upturned vessel about 3 nautical miles off its first reported
position. The Sennen lifeboat proceeded to the position at full speed and the
crew were able to confirm that the upturned vessel had been in the water for
some considerable time - there was little chance of anyone being onboard or in
The crew of the Sennen Cove lifeboat then did an amazing
job in very difficult sea conditions and managed to get a tow attached to the
upturned vessel. The tow was then passed to the Penlee lifeboat Ivan Ellen and the intention was to tow it back to Newlyn.
After a few minutes it became apparent that the 6m fibre
glass pleasure craft was going to break up at sea. Coxswain Patch Harvey
brought the upturned vessel alongside the Ivan Ellen and the lifeboat's
powerful crane was used to winch it onboard. It was then taken back to Newlyn
and identified as a vessel called Iris. HM Coastguards at Falmouth are still
investigating the origins of this vessel.
Penlee crew - Coxswain Patch Harvey, Mechanic Tony
Rendle, Rich Nicholls, Kenny Downing, Will Treneer, Mike Isles, Andrew Stevens,
and a first 'shout' for Jason Ward.
RNLI Coxswain Patch Harvey said, 'This was team work at
its very best in difficult sea conditions. HM Coastguard at Falmouth made
exactly the right call in launching both lifeboats and tasking the helicopter
to join the search. Speed is of the essence in these circumstances - it could
easily have been one of our local fishing vessels and the chance of any
survival would only have been increased with the speed and reaction of both
services. A job well done by all those involved'.
Please credit RNLI Penlee/Volunteer crewman Rich 'Nabo'
Nicholls for all the photos.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.