On Tuesday 6 October about 5.25 pm HM Coastguard Falmouth requested the all-weather lifeboat to launch following reports that a surfer had got into difficulties at Porthcurno in the poor sea and weather conditions.
The Penlee inshore lifeboat was also tasked to assist in the search.
The 'City of London III' launched at 5.35 pm. It was, in fact, a tricky launch in view of the adverse conditions. It was a question of choosing a favourable gap in the pounding waves. As the boat was turning out of the bay, a report came through that the surfer had thankfully managed to get ashore, and the lifeboats were stood down. However, with a west-north-west gale blowing the conditions were too severe for the Sennen Cove lifeboat to be safely recovered up either slipway and the crew had no option but to make for the safety of Newlyn harbour.
They arrived in Newlyn at 6.30 pm, where they received a warm welcome from the Penlee crew. The 'City of London III' stayed overnight in Newlyn Harbour and was brought home to Sennen Cove at about 9.00 am this morning, as the sea conditions were calmer. The lifeboat was recovered up the short slip, refueled and made ready for her next service.
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