Sennen Cove RNLI Volunteers Launch Broken Fishing Boat

At 9:15 p.m. on Sunday January 9, HM Coastguard Falmouth requested assistance from the Sennen Cove Tamar class lifeboat. They had received a call for help from an 18-meter fishing boat that had been decocked eight miles northwest of Sennen Cove.

The 18-meter fishing boat had fouled its propeller on something in the water and was immobilized. Unable to break free in the difficult conditions, her skipper turned to HM Coastguard in Falmouth for help.

The all-weather lifeboat City of London III launched into rough seas at around 9:33 p.m., under the command of second coxswain Dan Shannon, with a total of six RNLI volunteer crew on board. The launch conditions being quite bad, the RNLI volunteers had to wait for a lull in the swell to have the safest opportunity to take off.

Once out of Sennen Cove, they advanced at a safe speed in a heavy swell towards the wrecked vessel arriving at around 10 p.m.

Upon arrival at the scene and following discussions with the master of the vessel, a line was transmitted to the injured vessel in an attempt to move the fishing vessel away from the obstacle. This was successfully carried out and the ship was free at 10:20 p.m.

As the crashed vessel was unable to continue on its own and there remained a risk to other vessels using the Lands End Traffic Separation System, second coxswain Dan Shannon decided it was necessary to conduct a towing to the nearest safe and suitable port and the safest means of assisting the fishing vessel and its crew.

The Tamar-class lifeboat began towing the injured to the ship’s home port, Newlyn, for a course of approximately 25 miles.

Steady progress was made as the poor condition fishing boat was towed off Lands End, the lifeboat and victim arrived at Newlyn Harbor at 2.30am.

As the sea conditions at Sennen Cove were too bad to retrieve the lifeboat, it was necessary for the crew to leave the lifeboat in the safety of Newlyn Harbor until sea conditions at Sennen Cove are improving enough to allow safe recovery in the lifeboat station.

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