Sennen Cove Lifeboats ~ Recent Service Launches

Monday 21st August Station Tamar Class `City of London III`
"City of London III" launched at 1115 to assist one of our own fishing boats. Initially it was not clear what issue they had, so the ALB was used to cover all eventualities. It transpired that they had and engine issue and had rowed the boat from Nanjizal to Land`s End before the rowlock fitting in the rail failed.
Boat towed back to the Cove - lifeboat recovered at 1230.
Weather fine - light winds and a slight sea.

Monday 31st July Station Tamar Class `City of London III` and Inshore Lifeboat "Amy Brown"
Both lifeboats launched at 1715 following concerns for the safety of a single-handed fisherman working out of Priest Cove, Cape Cornwall.
The vessel was being monitored by the National Coastwatch Institution lookout at Cape Cornwall; but had been lost from view for over an hour.
The fisherman was located by "City of London III" safe and well, returning along the shore from Pendeen.

Lifeboats returned to Sennen Cove at 1755

Tuesday 25th July Station Tamar Class `City of London III`
"City of London III" launched at 1515 today to assist a single-handed yacht; becalmed and without engine, 3 miles southwest of Wolf Rock.
Lifeboat towed the yacht to the safety of Newlyn harbour and returned to Sennen Cove at 1900. Weather fine with light winds.
Crew:- Terry George; Richard Brown; Dan Shannon; Jack Shannon; Tom Nicholas.

Saturday 22nd July Station Tamar Class `City of London III`
"City of London III" launched at 0800 to assist a 30m French pleasure vessel in trouble some 65 miles northwest of Land`s End. Coastguard rescue helicopter R924 had located the vessel, which had water ingress but was still making way towards Ireland. Ballycotton lifeboat was also launched and the helicopter was eventually relieved by Irish Coastguard R117. With the casualty vessel still making way to the west, the City of London III was stood down at around 1100 when some 65 miles out with it becoming clear that the Ballycotton lifeboat would arrive first.
The lifeboat returned to Sennen Cove at 1400 after a 130 mile round trip. Ballycotton Lifeboat eventually returned home at 2300 having towed the casualty into Crosshaven. Weather:- heavy showers; winds west-southwesterly 5-6 with a moderate sea.
Crew:- Terry George; Richard Brown; Dan Shannon; Nick Hichens; Owen Matthews; Jason Woodward.

Monday 21st March Station Tamar Class `City of London III`
The `City of London III` launched at 0318 to assist the cargo vessel `Lady Alida` - engine failure and drifting towards the shore, 4 miles south of the Gwennap Head, Porthgwarra. 7 Persons on board.
Penlee Lifeboat also tasked, and both lifeboats arrived on scene at 0340 and proceeded to attach tow ropes to the vessel in darkness and difficult conditions.
The Lady Alida was under tow, very slowly to seawards, roughly 30 minutes after the lifeboat crews had been awakened by their pagers.

At 0525, with the ship now some 5 miles offshore, the vessel dropped her anchor to await the arrival of a tug - and the lifeboats were released, both proceeding to Newlyn for a cup of tea. Coastguard rang to say ship dragging anchor and lifeboats required again.

Lifeboats left Newlyn at 0630, back with Lady Alida at 0710. Both lifeboats again attached tows - a bit easier in daylight - and crept the ship to seaward until the arrival of the salvage tug `Alp Centre` at 1230. Lifeboats released at 1250 and `City of London III` returned to the Cove and recovered up the long slip at 1345. The Lady Alida under tow for Falmouth by the Alp Centre.

Weather - heavy rain at times; wind west-southwest force 5-6 with a moderate sea and 3-4 metre swell.

A classic operation whereby two lifeboats assisted in saving the ship - putting their combined 4000hp to good effect. Lots of challenges towing in tandem, keeping the lifeboats close together etc. Superb deckwork by both crews in `rolly` conditions ... and as always, and despite the constant leg-pulling, a great pleasure to work with our colleagues at Penlee.

Cracking high quality footage passing tow to the Lady Alida here

Friday 10th March Station Tamar Class `City of London III`
The `City of London III` launched at 1845 to assist a single-handed catamaran in trouble off Botallack. The vessel had issued a `mayday` stating engine failure and requesting assistance.
The lifeboat was with the casualty just after 1900 - initially escorting and then towing towards the safe haven of St Ives. St Ives lifeboat took over the tow near Gurnards Head and the City of London III was released and returned to the Cove at 2100.
Weather mainly fine with a fresh to strong southeasterly wind.

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