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Coastguards launch Penlee lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

On 29th December 2023 RNLI Penlee was tasked by Falmouth Coastguard to locate three people on surf boards in Mount’s Bay at 3:40p.m. The B class Atlantic 21 inshore lifeboat the Mollie and Ivor Dent was launched within eight minutes and was on scene with the potential casualties at 3:54p.m.

B class Atlantic 21 inshore lifeboat

RNLI/Philip Monckton

File photo of lifeboat Mollie and Ivor Dent
The volunteer crew under helm Will Treneer found that the surfers were not in any kind of trouble and were making their way safely back to the beach.

The person who called the Coastguard did the right thing by calling the Coastguard, if you or someone else is in danger on the sea dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

The Mollie and Ivor Dent escorted the surfers for a short distance and when happy there was no danger to the surfers left to return to Newlyn arriving at Penlee Lifeboat Station at 4:15p.m.

Always wear your leash. If you get into trouble, hold on to your board. It will help you float. 
Always try to surf with someone else, especially in big swell. Surfers look out for one another. They can raise the alarm in an emergency by calling 999 or 112 and asking for the coastguard. 
Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back. They can raise the alarm with the coastguard by calling 999 or 112 if you are overdue. 

Notes to editors
Penlee RNLI is based in Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5HW. The volunteers crew an all-weather Severn Class Lifeboat the Ivan Ellen and a B class Atlantic 21 inshore lifeboat the Mollie and Ivor Dent. The Penlee Lifeboat has a rich 200 years history of saving lives at sea.
RNLI media contacts For more information, please contact Phil Monckton, Penlee Lifeboat Press Officer on 07879818095 or [email protected], or Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Communications Manager [email protected] or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Communications Officer, on 07786 668847 or [email protected].

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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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