Sennen Cove RNLI Volunteers Launch to Disabled Yacht North West of Pendeen
On Tuesday 27 June at 0.20am, HM Coastguard Falmouth requested the immediate launch of Sennen Cove Lifeboat all weather lifeboat 'City of London III' to assist a disabled 22 foot yacht in a position 6.8 nautical miles North West of Pendeen watch.
The single occupant of the yacht called Falmouth Coastgaurd stating that the yacht that had lost power and all navigation lights and was drifting towards the Lands End traffic separation scheme. A Pan Pan call was issued by Falmouth coastguard to all shipping in the area to look out for the yacht which was in total darkness
The Sennen Cove all weather lifeboat 'City of London III ' launched at 0.30am with six RNLI volunteer crew on board and made best speed to the casualty’s last known position. In the meantime Falmouth Coastguard contacted vessels using the traffic separation scheme as there was a danger of the yacht drifting into their path.
Due to the darkness, heavy driving rain and swell the small yacht was difficult to spot on the lifeboat’s radar so the solo yachtsman was requested to launch a red distress flare to help locate him. This was spotted by the volunteer lifeboat crew and they arrived on scene at 1.10am
After checking that the yachtsman was safe and well, the lifeboat crew established a tow with the casualty vessel and proceeded to tow the yacht to Newlyn at 1.50am
Steady progess was made and the lifeboat arrived with the casualty vessel at Newlyn at 6.20am
Once the casualty vessel was safely secured in Newlyn harbour the Tamar class lifeboat returned to the Lifeboat Station and was recovered and made ready for service by 8.15am
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