Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers launch to fishing vessel taking on water.

Lifeboats News Release

The Sennen Cove all-weather lifeboat City of London III launched on Sunday 14 November following a request from HM Coastguard Falmouth after receiving a call for help from a 20 metre fishing vessel saying they were taking on water, approximately four miles south-south east of Sevenstones Lightship.

The RNLI volunteer’s pagers were activated at 4.41pm and the lifeboat launched ten minutes later with seven crew, under the command of Coxswain Ollie George.

Once clear of the poor sea conditions in Sennen Cove, the lifeboat made best speed towards the casualty vessel.

The all-weather lifeboat was approximately three miles off Lands End when the fishing vessel reported that they had stopped the intake of water and their pumps were able to clear the water inside. The crew of the fishing vessel were happy with their situation and intended to return to their fishing. The RNLI volunteers were therefore stood down by HM Coastguard to return to station.

As sea conditions in Sennen Cove were too poor to recover the lifeboat, it was necessary for the crew to take the lifeboat to the safety of Newlyn Harbour. The lifeboat arrived at Newlyn at 5.45 pm where she was safely berthed alongside until sea conditions in Sennen Cove improve enough to allow a safe recovery back into the lifeboat station.

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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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