Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers launch to assist dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

The Sennen Cove all-weather lifeboat City of London III launched on Wednesday 8 September at the request of HM Coastguard Falmouth after receiving a Mayday call from an inflatable dinghy with two people on board, which had lost power near Longships Lighthouse.

The RNLI volunteer crew’s pagers were activated at 12.15pm and the lifeboat launched just five minutes after the alert.

With just one and a half miles to run, the Tamar class lifeboat, with six crew under the command of Coxswain Ollie George, arrived on scene very quickly to find the casualty vessel floating amongst the rocks around the Longships lighthouse, with one person on board and the second one on the rocks holding the dinghy secure with a rope to stop them drifting.

Both gentlemen were transferred to the safety of the lifeboat and the dinghy was taken in tow to Sennen Cove.

The City of London III was recovered up the long slip at 1.05pm, washed down, refuelled and made ready her next service.

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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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