Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers launch to assist yacht taking on water.
The Sennen Cove all-weather lifeboat City of London III launched on Saturday 26 June following a request from HM Coastguard Falmouth after receiving a call for help from a small yacht, with two people on board, saying that they were taking on water, 2 miles north north west of Wolf Rock Lighthouse.
The RNLI volunteer crew’s pagers activated at 11.20am and the lifeboat launched at 11.27am with six crew, under the command of duty Coxswain Kirstan Gorvin, on his first service launch as coxswain.
The Lifeboat arrived with the casualty at 11.50am where two yachts and the Isles of Scilly cargo transport vessel Gry Maritha were standing by to assist if needed.
Luckily the crew of the yacht had managed to temporarily stop the leak and prevent the situation from getting worse. A RNLI volunteer crew member was placed on the yacht with a salvage pump as a precaution in case the yacht started taking water again. With the casualty in the safe hands of the volunteer lifeboat crew, the vessels standing by the casualty could offer no further assistance and continued on their way.
As the casualty was unable to continue unaided and there remained the risk of her starting to take on water again the Coxswain made the decision that undertaking a tow to the nearest ‘safe and suitable port’ was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties
The lifeboat crew then set up a tow with the yacht and commenced towing around 12.20pm. Steady progress was made in the fine weather and the yacht was safely towed to Newlyn harbour around 2.55pm, where the tow was shortened and the yacht brought safely alongside the quay
Once all was safe and well with the yacht and crew, the City of London III recovered the RNLI volunteer and salvage pump from the casualty vessel and returned to Sennen Cove where she was recovered up the long slip at 3.45 pm. The lifeboat was then washed down, refuelled and made ready her next service
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