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RNLI Penlee tasked to grounded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

At about 11:00pm on 4th May 2024 both RNLI Penlee lifeboats, the all-weather Severn Class Lifeboat Ivan Ellen and the B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat the Mollie and Ivor Dent were launched by Falmouth Coastguard to a 10m single handed yacht which had grounded off Penzance

Picture shows lifeboats rescuing grounded yacht

RNLI/Patrick Harvey

Penlee lifeboats rescuing grounded yacht
The Penlee ILB under the command of Helmsman James Roberts arrived on scene and managed to secure a line to the yacht despite the shallow water depth and poor conditions and the yacht which was unable to re-float due to the onshore east wind was pulled free of the rocks.

To assist the elderly skipper the Penlee ALB put an RNLI volunteer onto the yacht who quickly informed Coxswain Patch Harvey that the vessel was taking on a lot of water.

Penlee’s ILB towed the yacht to Newlyn harbour where the Penlee ALB rafted alongside the yacht, towed it to a pontoon berth and transferred the salvage pump.

The yacht had suffered hull damage while aground and for the next two hours the yacht was pumped out every 20 minutes until nearer to high tide when it was towed to the north pier so it could dry out and at low tide assess the hull damage.

Both RNLI lifeboats returned to station at 2am Sunday morning to wash down and refuel in preparation for the next service.

The RNLI recommends…
Always wear a lifejacket on deck and a harness where appropriate. 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. 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.

Always check the weather forecast and tide times.

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 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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File photo of Penlee lifeboats

RNLI/Trevor Thorne

File photo of Penlee lifeboats

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