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Penlee RNLI volunteer crew launch to help four people on broken down yacht

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.51pm yesterday evening the crew pagers sounded and the all-weather lifeboat Ivan Ellen was heading out through the gaps just six minutes later.


Penlee RNLI volunteer crew launch to help four people on broken down yacht

The crew were tasked to launch by HM Coastguard at Falmouth who had received a request for assistance from the 50-foot Turn to Starboard yacht ‘Kikila’.

The yacht, with four people onboard, was becalmed and had suffered engine failure seven miles south of Newlyn.

The ‘Kikila’ left St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly yesterday morning on the last leg of her journey from Croatia to Falmouth. Having spent 68 days at sea, travelling 3,500 nautical miles, and just 25 miles from Falmouth, the lack of wind and engine problems stopped the ‘Kikila’ in her tracks!

Her crew battled to get the engine going all day to no avail. Eventually having spent 9 hours at sea, they had no choice than to ask for our assistance.

The Ivan Ellen lifeboat arrived on scene at 7.20pm and immediately took the ‘Kikila’ under tow. On the approach to Newlyn Harbour she was rafted alongside, manoeuvred safely through the gaps, and birthed on the Mary Williams Pier. Her crew then joined us at the boathouse for a catch up and a welcome cuppa.

The Turn to Starboard charity helps serving and retired Armed Forces personnel, and their families, readjust after operational tours and assists them in meeting the unique demands placed on them by Service life.

Their focus is on resettlement, reintegration and reinforcing a sense of value and belonging. To find out more about this amazing charity visit -

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