This is SENNEN COVE
Established in 1853 , The Royal National Lifeboat Institution`s Sennen Cove Station is situated just one mile northeast of Land`sEnd .
The Station is protected to some extent from the full force of the Atlantic Ocean by the high cliffs of Pedn-men-du ~ but still offers
some of the most challenging conditions to be found anywhere round the coast of the UK for lifeboat operations.
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Fresh in the bay this afternoon
The Station operates a Tamar class All-Weather Lifeboat and a D Class Inshore Lifeboat.
The Tamar Class "R.N.L.B. City of London III " is the station lifeboat . Built in 2009 at a cost of £ 2.7M, she is a 16m self-righting lifeboat powered by two 1000hp Caterpillar C18 diesels giving her a top speed of 25 knots, with an endurance of 10 hours + at full speed.
The Tamar is launched down a slipway in the `traditional` fashion. The Station is unique in having two slipways , allowing the lifeboat to be recovered in the shelter of the breakwater at high tide ; or up the launching slipway at low tide.
The IB1 D Class inshore lifeboat "Spirit of the R.L.C." is a fast response craft , capable of 25 knots with a crew of 3 . The ILB is ideal for operating close to the cliff and in surf in moderate weather.
Phil Shannon retires !
After a lifetime of service in the Sennen Cove Lifeboat, Phil Shannon retires on 16th December.
An event was held to recognise Phil`s 46 years service at the Old Success on 13th December and the image shows George Rawlinson, Operations Director at the RNLI, presenting Phil with a certificate.
A lifetime of stories, experience etc - difficult to put into words ... but a great loss to the crew. Time and Tide waiteth for no man, etc ...
A Crew Pool of 24 people are available to man the lifeboats - all highly trained and dedicated volunteers. This pool ensures adequate crew availability to man both boats immediately 24 hours daily 365 days per year.
Flank Lifeboats operate from Penlee (Newlyn) , St.Mary`s - Isles of Scilly ; and St. Ives - so there is comprehensive lifeboat coverage round the southwest coast of Cornwall.
The Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose , near Helston, operates a Sea King search and rescue helicopter - and H.M. Coastguard operate Cliff Rescue Teams at Porthleven, Penzance, Land`s End and St.Ives.
Search and Rescue incidents are co-ordinated from H.M.Coastguard Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Falmouth.
New Inshore Lifeboat `Amy Brown`
(image thanks Peter Puddiphatt)
Station Personnel 31st January 2010 - click image for large image.
(image thanks Tim Stevens)
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