Sennen Cove RNLI Lifeboat Rescues Stranded Fishing Vessel

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 11 June at 8.25 am, following reports that a 15 metre fishing vessel had broken down about 3 miles north west of Pendeen, HM Coastguard Falmouth requested the assistance of the Sennen Cove lifeboat. The fishing vessel was experiencing serious steering problems.

The casualty vessel under tow

RNLI/Jason Woodward

Casualty under Tow

The Sennen Cove Tamar class all weather lifeboat City of London III launched at 8.38 am with 6 volunteer crew members on board. The lifeboat made good progress through difficult sea conditions with a force 7 east-northeast wind and showers of rain and hail to reach the stricken vessel at 9.05 am. A tow was set up and the journey to the safety of Newlyn harbour began.


The tow was not without its problems because the the steering on the fishing vessel was jammed causing it to veer to one side, emphasised by the difficult sea conditions. The Penlee all weather lifeboat had been out on another rescue, and once in harbour offered to assist. This was welcomed by Ollie George, coxswain of the Sennen Cove lifeboat, and the two lifeboats met off Mousehole.at about 1.30 pm. The presence of the Penlee boat was especially useful in getting the casualty through the Gaps into Newlyn harbour.


Once the fishing vessel had been safely berthed in the harbour, the Sennen Cove lifeboat set off back to the station. She was recovered up the long slip at 3.05 pm, and made ready for the next time she would be needed. It was a long rescue of six hours, but with a successful outcome.

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The casualty vessel veering to one side whilst under tow.

RNLI/Jason Woodward

Casualty under tow 2
Volunteer crew member prepares to pass the tow to the casualty vessel.

RNLI/Rich Castle

Preparing to pass the 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, in a normal year, 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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