The Sennen Cove all-weather lifeboat City of London III launched on Saturday 4 January following a request from HM Coastguard Falmouth after receiving a call from a yacht in difficulties, about 1 ½ miles west of Sennen Cove.
The RNLI volunteer crew’s pagers activated at 1.12pm requesting the launch of Sennen Cove’s Tamar Class Lifeboat following reports that the casualty had broken down, had lost all power and was taking on water.
In moderate seas and winds around force four to five, under the command of Second Coxswain Dan Shannon, the lifeboat launched and arrived with the casualty vessel around 1.30 pm.
One of the RNLI volunteers was transferred to the yacht to assess the situation and give help and reassurance to her crew. The water ingress seemed to have stabalized but a salvage pump was transferred to the yacht and primed for use, should the yacht require it.
The lifeboat crew then set up a tow with the yacht and commenced towing the vessel to Newlyn Harbour at 2.05pm. Steady progress was made and the yacht was eventually berthed alongside the quay at Newlyn Harbour around 4.00pm.
Once all was safe and well with the yacht and crew, the City of London III returned to Sennen Cove where she was recovered up the long slip and made ready for service by 5.40pm