Penlee RNLI volunteers launched to RIB with seven people aboard
At 2.05pm on Sunday 4th June 2023 Penlee’s RNLI B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat was dispatched by Falmouth Coastguard to assist with a RIB which was taking on water with seven people on board.
The volunteer crew arrived at the wonderful sounding Soapy Cove, finding that six people including children were ashore having been dropped off by the rib who intended to return to pick them up but with water in the fuel tank he couldn’t start the engine.
The RNLI lifeboat collected the six people from the beach keeping the children on the lifeboat and transferring the adults to the rib from where they were towed to safety in Porthleven.
Andrew Wood helm, Amy Smith, Gary Johnson and Sam Ashworth.
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.
Learn more about the RNLI
Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries