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Sennen Cove Lifeboat
Wednesday 23rd April
Showers in southwesterly breeze
High water 1205 height 14`8"
Peter Puddiphatt retired from the lifeboat shore crew today on his 70th birthday.
Peter has served the station as lifeboat crew and shorecrew for 40 years - and was part of the crew of the Diana White under Maurice Hutchens.
We salute you Peter ... people like you are what the lifeboat service is all about.
Happy Retirement !
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Sennen Cove Lifeboat
`RNLB City of London III`
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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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Increased swell today
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.
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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