Penlee lifeboat crew members come to the aid of drifting angling vessel
At 11.40am this morning (Thursday 15 June), following several reports of an angling vessel drifting towards the Western Cressar Rocks east of Penzance, HM Coastguard at Falmouth requested the immediate launch of Penlee's inshore lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent'.
Due to the swift response of our volunteer crew, the inshore lifeboat launched and arrived on scene within 10 minutes of the initial launch request - an amazing response time.
The disabled vessel, with one person onboard, was towed safely back to Penzance Harbour. The 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' returned to Newlyn at 12.30pm where she was refuelled, washed down, and made ready for her next service.
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.