Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers launch to assist in search

Lifeboats News Release

Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers launched for a second time on Saturday 28 August following a request from HM Coastguard Falmouth who had received a 999 call regarding the possibility of persons stranded in a cave at Pendower Cove.

Sennen Cove ILB recovering in the harbour following the service

RNLI/Timothy Stevens

Sennen Cove ILB 'Amy Brown'

The Lands End Coastguard cliff rescue team had already been tasked and carried out a thorough search of the cliffs from above but with failing light a search from the sea was also required.

The RNLI volunteer crew’s pagers activated at 8.42pm and the all-weather lifeboat City of London III quickly launched, under the command of Coxswain Ollie George followed by the D class inshore lifeboat Amy Brown with Tom Nicholas at the helm.

The Lifeboats arrived at Pendower Cove at 9.00pm and started searching the area for any potential casualties. An extensive search of the caves and coastline was carried out by both lifeboats nobody was found.

Following discussions with all teams HM Coastguard concluded that it was a false alarm with good intent and the lifeboats were stood down to return to station around 9.40pm

Both lifeboats returned to Sennen Cove, arriving around 10.00pm where the ILB Amy Brown was safely recovered to the harbour beach and the ALB City of London III was recovered up the short slip, washed down, refuelled and made ready her next service.

This was another job where both the RNLI volunteers and the Lands Ends Coastguard cliff rescue team worked well together to achieve the job they were tasked to carry out.

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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 Amy Caldwell, Regional Media Manager on 07920818807 or Amy_Caldwell@rnli.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789

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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 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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