Sennen Cove RNLI lifeboat escorts yacht into the safety of Newlyn Harbour
On Easter Sunday afternoon (1 April), the National Coastwatch team at Gwennap Head reported to HM Coastguard Falmouth their concerns about a yacht close to the shore in the Porthcurno area.
The Coastguard tasked the volunteer Sennen Cove lifeboat crew, the Coastguard Rescue helicopter 924, and the Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams from Land's End and Penzance to carry out a search.
The RNLI Sennen Cove all weather lifeboat City of London III launched at 4.06 pm to take part in the search. The poor visibility made the search difficult, but the yacht was eventually located off Lamorna Cove. The vessel's sails were furled, but she was under power. However, the blustery southeast wind and rough seas were hampering her progress. It was therefore decided that the lifeboat should shadow her as she made her way to Newlyn.
Once the yacht was safely berthed in the safety of Newlyn harbour, the City of London III crew returned to Sennen Cove, arriving at the station at 6.15 pm.
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.