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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 29th July 2021

St Mary’s and Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers battle Storm Evert

RNLI volunteer crew from St Mary’s and Sennen Cove spent the night at sea last night (Thursday 29 July) battling Storm Evert to assist a number of yachts in difficulty around the Isles of Scilly.

And in Falmouth, RNLI volunteers launched their inshore lifeboat twice in the early hours to assist vessels which had dragged their anchors.

Sennen Cove all-weather lifeboat was tasked at around 11.10pm to assist St Mary’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat due to the volume of yachts getting into difficulty around the islands of the Isles of Scilly in the storm force conditions.

Sennen Cove RNLI volunteer crews battled horrendous conditions, described as some of the worst they’ve experienced in their Tamar class lifeboat, with the passage to St Mary’s taking them just over three hours.

Yachts at locations around the islands were in need of assistance. Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre reported a total of 22 incidents throughout the night. Volunteers from St Mary’s and Sennen Cove lifeboats worked together with the HM Coastguard helicopter and local teams to respond to a stream of incidents, battling storm force winds and rain in order to reach the vessels in need.

Coxswain of St Mary’s RNLI lifeboat Pete Hicks said it was an incredibly busy night: ‘We were afloat from about 11pm until around 3am this morning, it was a very busy night for everyone involved. I went aboard Sennen Cove RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat to assist the crew with local knowledge of the area, and with a huge team effort we were able to successfully rescue everybody in difficulty.

‘The conditions were horrendous, at one point we had over 50knots of wind with squally showers.’

Sennen Cove RNLI was stood down at around 4.30am and the crew tied up alongside the harbour in St Mary’s for some rest.
At 0533 they were again tasked by Falmouth Coastguard to assist a yacht in danger of parting its mooring in St Mary`s Harbour.
At 0614 they were tasked to assist a yacht in Porthcressa with an anchor issue preventing it moving to a safer location.
At 0715 they were tasked to Tresco Channel to assist a yacht with a fouled propellor, and other yachts in difficulties.
As they left the islands at 0825 this morning they were again tasked to escort a yacht to a different anchorage. After almost 12 hours afloat, they returned to station at around 10am this morning, tired and in need of sleep.

Elsewhere at Falmouth RNLI, volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard twice overnight to assist vessels which had dragged their anchors. The first launch was at 8.20pm when a yacht was reported to have dragged its anchor and hit another vessel in the River Fal. The inshore lifeboat volunteers stood by while the vessel’s crew reset its anchor and repositioned the vessel. The pagers sounded again at 11pm to two vessels caught in anchorage near the lifeboat station. The lifeboat crews lifted and reset the anchors and helped to reposition the vessels.

Guy Botterill, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, said: ‘While most of us were tucked up warm and dry in our homes, our dedicated crews spent hours at sea in the dark helping people in difficulty, contending with horrendous conditions brought on by Storm Evert. Their courage, selflessness and dedication is admirable.

‘While the worst of the weather has passed through, we would urge vessel owners to make sure their anchor and mooring lines are secure and also to check local weather and wind reports prior to planning any passages.’






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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