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Sennen Cove RNLI assists fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday afternoon 30 August, Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station received a request from HM Coastguard Falmouth to assist a fishing vessel. The vessel was experiencing engine problems approximately 1 mile west north west of Sennen Cove.

The Sennen Cove all weather lifeboat City of London III launched at 1.50pm and quickly arrived on scene. The skipper was attempting to make his way to the homeport of Newlyn, making about 5 knots. It was agreed that the vessel should continue towards Newlyn with the lifeboat alongside as escort.

However, at about 2.45pm in the vicinity of the Runnelstone, the vessel's engine problems became more acute, and it was decided that it would be better for the lifeboat to take her in tow.

They arrived in Newlyn at about 4pm, and the fishing vessel was able to make her own way safely to her berth. Once the lifeboat crew were satisfied that all was well, they set off for Sennen Cove at about 4.20pm. The City of London III was recovered, re-housed, and ready for service at 5.15pm.

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For more information contact Brian Simpson Sennen Cove Lifeboat Press Officer 01736 871 631 or 07762 057127 or the Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789

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