Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers launch to assist yacht taking on water.

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Sennen Cove Tamar class lifeboat towing the casualty vessel

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Sennen Cove ALB towing the yacht

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

Ends.

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Photos ; RNLI/Rich Castle

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Sennen Cove ALB securing the yacht alongside before takig her into Newlyn harbour.

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Sennen Cove ALB with the yacht alongside
Sennen Cove ALB with casualty vessel alongside with Scillonian III in the background

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Sennen Cove ALB with casualty vessel alongside with Scillonian III in the background

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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