Sennen Cove RNLI Lifeboat launches to assist disabled yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The Sennen Cove all-weather lifeboat City of London III launched on Saturday 4 January following a request from HM Coastguard Falmouth after receiving a call from a yacht in difficulties, about one and a half miles west of Sennen Cove.

Sennen Cove's Tamar class Lifeboat 'City of London III' passing Longships Lighthouse with the casualty vessel under tow.

RNLI/Timothy Stevens

Sennen Cove's Tamar class Lifeboat 'City of London III' passing Longships Lighthouse with the casualty vessel under tow.

The RNLI volunteer crew’s pagers activated at 1.12pm requesting the launch of Sennen Cove’s Tamar Class Lifeboat following reports that the casualty had broken down, had lost all power and was taking on water.

In moderate seas and winds around force four to five, under the command of Second Coxswain Dan Shannon, the lifeboat launched and arrived with the casualty vessel around 1.30pm.

One of the RNLI volunteers was transferred to the yacht to assess the situation and give help and reassurance to her crew. The water ingress seemed to have stabilized but a salvage pump was transferred to the yacht and primed for use, should the yacht require it.

The lifeboat crew then set up a tow with the yacht and commenced towing the vessel to Newlyn Harbour at 2.05pm. Steady progress was made and the yacht was eventually berthed alongside the quay at Newlyn Harbour around 4.00pm.

Once all was safe and well with the yacht and crew, the City of London III returned to Sennen Cove where she was recovered up the long slip and made ready for service by 5.40pm

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For more information please telephone Brian Simpson, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01736 871631, or 07762 057127 or bsennen@btinternet.com, or Tim Stevens, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07971518403 or tim.stevens63@gmail.com or Emma Haines, Regional Media Officer on 07786 668847 or emma_haines@rnli.org.uk, or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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Photo shows the yacht under tow, taken from the upper steering position

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Sennen Cove's Tamar class Lifeboat 'City of London III' with the casualty vessel under tow.
Photo shows the yacht under tow taken from the port side of the lifeboat

RNLI/Christian Bailey

Sennen Cove's Tamar class Lifeboat 'City of London III' with the casualty vessel under tow.

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.

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