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Sunday 23rd January
Fine in light winds
High water 0753; 2014 height 17`1"

Sennen Cove Lifeboat

11 Feb
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Sennen Cove Lifeboat
`RNLB City of London III`

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Inshore Lifeboat

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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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Latest Service Launch 11th September 2021

Sennen Cove lifeboats launch to kayakers in distress.

A launch request was received from HM Coastguard Falmouth at 12.43 pm on Saturday 11 September following the activation of a personal locator beacon (PLB) off Gwennap Head and a 999 call from a member of the public on the cliff top reporting two kayakers in difficulties. They were caught in the strong tidal flow and were being swept out to sea.

The Tamar class all-weather lifeboat City of London III quickly launched with five RNLI volunteers under the command of Coxswain Ollie George followed shortly after by the D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) Amy Brown with three crew with Kirsten Gorvin at the helm.

Lands End Coastguard Search and Rescue Team and the Coastguard helicopter were also tasked to assist if required.

Both lifeboats were quickly on scene and started searching for the kayakers who were quickly found by the ILB. The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) lookout at Gwennap Head provided valuable assistance by guiding the lifeboats towards the area of their last sighting of the kayakers which saved valuable time in locating them.

The two kayakers were taken aboard the City of London III to be assessed. They were found to be cold but otherwise unhurt and were given blankets to keep them warm.

The ILB took the kayak in tow and both lifeboats returned the casualties and their kayak to Porthcurno where they were transferred to the beach and into the care of the RNLI lifeguards.

Both lifeboats returned to Sennen Cove where they ILB was recovered onto the harbour beach and the City of London III recovered on the long slip at 2.05 pm.

Both lifeboats were then made ready for their next service.




Saturday 16th January
Lifeboat launching on exercise this afternoon


Friday 9th December 2016
John Chappell, our Hon Sec (LOM to be pc) retires today after many years in the post. John has used his wide local and professional knowledge to our great advantage over the years - and we wish him many happy hours `up Cape` on the golf course without a pager in his pocket !!
Thank you JC

Latest YouTube Videos - more video here

A recent Exercise launch on YouTube here
(Thanks Jack Lancaster)

Recovery from `Diaol Armor` 18th September 2013
(thanks Paul Haslam)
Launch to `Diaol Armor` 18th September 2013
(thanks Paul Haslam)
Service to yacht `Diaol Armor` 18th September 2013
Video made with The Met Office 4th May 2013
Lands End Lifeboat Day low water launch 25 July 2013
(thanks Jon Dixon)
Service Launch 12th January 2013
(thanks Paul Rimmer)
Service Launch 1st September 2012
(thanks Peter Hughes)
Service Launch 6th April 2012
(thanks Paul Haslam)
Service Launch 20th November 2011
(thanks Neil Smith)
`City of London III` service launch to sloop `Ripple` + recovery
(thanks Dan Shannon)
Appledore`s new Tamar `Molly Hunt` visits Sennen Cove
21st March 2010
`City of London III` Exercise launch and low water recovery
1st March 2010

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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