RNLI Sennen Cove Lifeboat launches to check on Yacht.

Lifeboats News Release

Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station received a request for assistance from HM Coastguard Falmouth at 10.00 am on Monday 30 November when a single-handed yacht was travelling down the Traffic Seperation Scheme the wrong way, and the Coastguard was unable to contact the skipper.

The all weather Tamar class lifeboat City of London III launched at 10.10 am, with 6 crew on board, to investigate the circumstances. While the lifeboat was making for the yacht, which was off the Pendeen area, the Coastguard confirmed that they had succeeded in contacting the skipper, who was informed of his mistake and was turning to get into the correct lane.

Although there was no longer a need for rescue, the coxswain volunteered to meet with the yacht and check that all was well. It transpired that the lone skipper had no working comms other than a mobile phone, and was making his way to Hamburg. He was advised to call in at Newlyn to sort out his communications problem, and the Coastguard would keep an eye on his progress.

The lifeboat returned to the Cove to be recovered up the long slip at 11.15 am.

Luckly, the sea was calm and the weather fine.

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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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