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Back to back calls for RNLI Penlee

Lifeboats News Release

The first of the two calls came in at 4.15pm (Sunday May 7) when HM Coastguard, Falmouth, tasked the All-weather Lifeboat Ivan Ellen to assist the 30-meter Newlyn beam trawler 'Billy Rowney' which had suffered a fouled propeller.

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Penlee Lifeboat volunteers came to the aid of Newlyn beam trawler 'Billy Rowney' which had suffered a fouled propeller

In fine weather conditions, with a slight easterly wind and calm sea, the Penlee lifeboat volunteers were swiftly on scene, one mile south-east of Newlyn, where they quickly took over the tow from another Newlyn beam trawler, the 'Lisa Jacqueline' and made their way back to Newlyn.

Due to the overall size and weight of the casualty vessel, the Penlee Inshore lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' was also launched to help bring it safely through the gaps and into Newlyn Harbour. The Billy Rowney was rafted alongside the Ivan Ellen and both lifeboats worked together to manoeuvre the vessel into port. Despite the challenging task the trawler was safely berthed alongside in Newlyn Harbour.

Both lifeboats returned to station at 5.15pm where they were made ready for their next service.

At 6.55pm the crew pagers sounded again and the All-weather Lifeboat Ivan Ellen was tasked to assist a 10-meter trawler that had suffered a fouled propeller 6 miles south of Newlyn. The lifeboat was quickly on scene and the volunteer crew soon had a towline attached. The stricken trawler was towed safely back to Newlyn Harbour and berthed alongside.

This was a very busy day for both lifeboat crews who had already spent the morning on a training exercise in Mount's Bay, they eventually returned to station for a well earned cup of tea at about 9.00pm - in total the lifeboats spent 12 hours at sea.

RNLI Coxswain Patch Harvey said, 'Bringing a large crippled vessel through the gaps and into Newlyn Harbour can be a difficult and challenging task, but as always the volunteer crews of both lifeboats did a first class job. We regularly take part in towing exercises with different sized vessels which obviously benefits the crew on 'shouts' like the two we had today.'

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Penlee Lifeboat volunteers towing Newlyn beam trawler 'Billy Rowney'

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The All-weather Lifeboat Ivan Ellen assisted a 10-meter trawler

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RNLI volunteers helped the 10-meter trawler that had suffered a fouled propeller

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RNLI volunteers at Penlee Lifeboat Station attended back to back calls

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