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Harbour shout for RNLI Penlee

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 20th April 2024 RNLI Penlee’s B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat the Mollie and Ivor Dent was launched on service at about 7pm having been tasked by Falmouth Coastguard that a person had fallen from a small vessel in the outer Penzance Harbour and required immediate assistance.

Picture shows lifeboat return to base.

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Photo shows RNLI Penlee's inshore lifeboat returning.
The Penlee Inshore Lifeboat launched within six minutes of the request and was on scene three minutes later. A crew of four RNLI volunteers located the casualty and informed the Coastguard that he was out of the water, conscious but cold.

Penzance Coastguard Cliff Rescue team took over the care and kept the casualty warm until an ambulance arrived.

Penlee’s inshore lifeboat was released and arrived back in Newlyn at 7:50pm. The four RNLI volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat were bolstered by a further nine volunteers who had responded to the call.

Always wear an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid when on deck. If you use a dinghy or tender to access your boat make sure you always wear your lifejacket.
Always carry a means of calling for help. Ensure everyone onboard knows how to use it. Consider having an additional method like the SafeTrx app. You can also use this app to plan your voyage, and it can alert the coastguard if you are overdue. You should also register your vessel with the coastguard through this app.

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 (but currently have a relief lifeboat Volunteer Spirit while Ivan Ellen is being serviced) and a B class Atlantic 85 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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