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St Ives and Sennen Cove RNLI lifeboats assist single-handed catamaran

Lifeboats News Release

The St.Ives All Weather Lifeboat Nora Stachura was requested to launch by Falmouth Coastguard at 7.35pm on Friday 10th March.

St Ives Shannon class lifeboat launched

RNLI/Alban Roinard

St Ives Shannon class lifeboat launched
The Sennen Cove RNLI lifeboat City of London III had been launched on service earlier in the
evening to a Mayday call from an eight meter catamaran which had suffered engine
failure off Botallack.

When the Sennen Cove lifeboat arrived on scene they took the catamaran under tow and decided
that the weather was too poor to tow the yacht back to Newlyn and that St Ives would
be the best option.

The St Ives lifeboat was launched with deputy second coxswain Robin Langford at the helm
to rendezvous with Sennen Cove lifeboat just West of Gurnards Head and take over the tow.

The wind was gusting to 33 knots and with an ebbing tide it took just over 90 minutes to tow
the catamaran back to St Ives. Upon arrival the casualty vessel was moored up on the
lifeboat's outer mooring as it was nearing low water.

The St Ives lifeboat returned to station at 10.40pm for a wash down before being re-housed and
ready for service.

Notes to editors

Attached photos show the lifeboat launching, and the casualty vessel. Credit Alban Roinard/RNLI

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For more information please contact St Ives RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer Alban Roinard on 07814541880 or or Amy Caldwell, RNLI Public Relations Manager, on 07920 818 807
Casualty vessel in St Ives harbour

RNLI/Alban Roinard

Casualty vessel in St Ives harbour

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