Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers launch to assist yacht snagged by pot marker buoy.

Lifeboats News Release

The Sennen Cove all-weather lifeboat City of London III launched on Friday 2 July following a request from HM Coastguard Falmouth after receiving a call for help from a 33 foot yacht, with two people on board, saying that they were stuck fast after snagging a pot marker buoy.

Sennen Cove Tamar class lifeboat returning to Sennen Cove with Cape Cornwall in the background.

RNLI/Timothy Stevens

Sennen Cove ALB returning to Sennen Cove

The RNLI volunteer crew’s pagers activated at 10.17am and the lifeboat launched at 10.25am with seven crew, under the command of duty Coxswain Kirstan Gorvin.

Following some confusion over the yacht’s original given position the Lifeboat located the casualty approximately three miles west-south-west of the Runnelstone Buoy and arrived on scene at 10.53am.

The Tamar class lifeboat’s Y class inflatable boat was launched with two RNLI volunteers on board, and in calm seas, they managed to free yacht from the pot marker buoy.

With the casualty successfully freed, and the crew safe and well, the Yacht was able to continue on her passage.

The City of London III recovered the RNLI volunteers and the Y class inflatable and returned to Sennen Cove where she was recovered up the short slip at 11.40am. The lifeboat was then washed down, refuelled and made ready her next service

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Photos ; RNLI/Tim Stevens

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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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