Latest Penlee Lifeboat Launches

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Date
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details)

 Time 

 Reason                       

Boat 

 Weather 

 Cox's Comments                              

20/06/17 22:26 Reports of distress flares in Mounts Bay ALB TBC Conducted a search between Penlee Point and Long Rock, Stood down with nothing found.
20/06/17 19:00 Assist young person on a body board ILB TBC Person got to safety before the Lifeboat arrived
20/06/17 18:05 Assist Swimmers in difficulty ILB TBC Swimmer suffering from Asthma attack, assisted by others and administered Oxygen
19/06/17 15:59 Assist a small cruiser near Lamorna ILB E 2-3 vessel towed to Penzance Harbour
19/06/17 10:20 member of the public reported seeing a kayaker in difficulties ILB E 2-3 Quickly located and checked as OK. No further action required
18/06/17 09:09 Search for missing person BOTH E 1 Shoreline search commenced, Sadly body recovered by Sennen Cove Lifeboat
17/06/17 16:14 search for a missing swimmer near Porthleven Harbour ILB S 1-2 Swimmer located safe on shore - SAR stood down
16/06/17 09:00 Search for person stuck on rocks near Mousehole BOTH WNW 3 Call from HM Coastguard to launch, shoreline search commenced, Person located and brought back safely to Newlyn by ILB
15/06/17 11:39 Launch to small vessel with 1 person onboard drifting near rocks at Penzance ILB W 4 Vessel located quickly and taken under tow to Penzance Harbour
09/06/17 17:19 Search for small vessel reported in distress near Porthleven ALB SSW 4-5 Call from HM Coastguard to launch, shoreline search commenced, nothing found
28/05/17 12:21 Assist small Angling boat with engine problems ALB E 2-3 As ALB arrived on scene, vessel had managed to restart own engines and ALB escorted vessel back to Newlyn harbour
25/05/17 14:35 Yacht in difficulty approx. 10 miles SW of Newlyn ALB E 4-5 Call from HM Coastguard to launch, located yacht and towed into Newlyn harbour
15/05/17 01:42 Search for an activated distress beacon ALB S 6 After a thorough negative search of Mount's Bay, SAR stood down
13/05/17 07:21 Assist Coastguard Cliff rescue team in recovery of a body near Loe Bar BOTH TBC We await a full statement from the Police in respect of this incident.
07/05/17 18:56 Assist 10m fishing vessel with fouled propeller ALB E 3 ALB towed vessel from approx. 6 miles south of Newlyn
07/05/17 16:16 Assist 30m Beam trawler that had suffered a fouled propeller BOTH E 3 ALB took over tow 1 mile off Newlyn and with the aid of the ILB brought the Beamer into the harbour
04/05/17 15:31 Overdue swimmer near Marazion BOTH E 3-4 Swimmer located by local fishing vessel and taken to beach - SAR stood down
03/05/17 07:39 Assist small fishing vessel off Porthcurno ALB SE 3-4 Local Newlyn fishing vessel with fuel problems, picked up at Porthcurno and towed back to Newlyn
27/04/17 16:36 Small fishing vessel broken down 1 mile south of Mousehole ILB NW 4 Vessel taken in tow and returned to Newlyn
22/04/17 11:54 Search for an elderly vulnerable male BOTH N 2-3 Shoreline search between Penzance and Mousehole. Man was found safe and well at Penzance Bus Station
19/04/17 02:27 Assist local 45ft fishing vessel that suffered steering failure ALB ENE 2-3 Vessel located 8.5 miles SSE of Newlyn with 4 persons on board, towed into Newlyn harbour
13/04/17 14:00 Search for an elderly vulnerable male ILB WNW 3-4 Shoreline search between Newlyn and Penzance. Man was found safe and well
31/03/17 19:59 Search for a 33ft cabin cruiser, with two persons onboard ALB WSW 4 Combined search with Lizard Lifeboat, Sennen Lifeboat and Rescue helicopter 924. Vessel located off the Lizard and towed into Falmouth by Lizard Lifeboat
20/03/17 07:00 Return to Coaster from Previous launch as coaster dragging anchor ALB SW 6-7 Just after RTB, Vessel reported dragging anchor at 1 knot, both lifeboats (Penlee and Sennen) relaunched to assist vessel and await Tug arrival
20/03/17 03:07 Assistance of an 80m coaster with 7 crew onboard, with engine failure 3 miles south of Gwennap Head. ALB SW 6-7 Combined tow with Sennen Lifeboat. Vessel taken offshore to safer location and at anchor
27/02/17 20:24 Tow Fishing vessel into Newlyn harbour ALB W 7-8 Assist a 25ft fishing vessel with two persons onboard that had suffered a fouled propeller two miles ENE of Newlyn
10/02/17 13:05 Tow Fishing vessel into Newlyn harbour ALB SE 3 Assist 60-foot gill netter 'Ocean Pride' which had suffered gear box failure into harbour
04/02/17 09:55 Injured Person on Fishing vessel in harbour ALB N/A ALB used to transfer person from vessel to waiting Ambulance
30/01/17 10:00 20' Fishing boat with Fuel problems off Low Lee Buoy ILB SE 3-4 Escorted vessel back to Newlyn Harbour

 

 Launch details:

 

 

 Shout 20/06/17@ 22:26 top of page

 

At 10.26pm the all-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' launched on service following several reports of a distress flare in Mount's Bay - Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked.

Penlee Lifeboat conducted a search between Penlee Point and Long Rock, while the Cliff Rescue team searched the shore line. After an hour of searching Falmouth Coastguard's were happy that there were no vessels in distress, and formed the opinion that the flare was probably fired from inland.

The 'Ivan Ellen' returned to station at 11.30pm - Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team completed an inland search to try and find the culprits, or any remains of the flare - nothing was found.

This stupid, inconsiderate, and thoughtless act caused a major search for the emergency services, involving many volunteers late into the night.

 

 

 Shout 20/06/17@ 19:00 top of page
 

At 1900 Falmouth Coastguard received information that a young person on a body board had got into difficulties near St Michaels Mount and tasked the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB was on crew training in Mounts Bay) to proceed. Thankfully the young person got to safety before the Lifeboat arrived.

A busy evening (2 calls) but once again well done to everyone involved.

Crew Ben Keogh (helm) Elliot Andrews Jack Shannon and Craig Neal.

 

 

 Shout 20/06/17@ 18:05 top of page
 

Penlee Inshore Lifeboat 'Mollie & Ivor Dent' received a launch request from Falmouth Coastguard at 18:05 this evening following reports of three people in the sea requiring assistance near Battery Rocks.

Penlee ILB launched immediately and arrived on scene at 18:12, to find a person had suffered an asthma attack in the sea, two other persons entered to sea to help and managed to get the person onto the steps at Battery Rocks. 

Penlee ILB crew helped to get the casualty out of the sea and administered oxygen. Penzance Coastguard Cliff Rescue team also arrived on scene to help as well as paramedics, the casualty was taken to an ambulance for further treatment.

Penlee Inshore Lifeboat was released and conducted a crew training exercise in Mounts Bay.

Crew Ben Keogh (helm) Elliot Andrews Jack Shannon and Craig Neal.

 

 

 Shout 19/06/17@ 15:59 top of page
 

Penlee Inshore Lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' launched at 15:59 to assist a small cruiser that broke down near Lamorna with 2 persons on board.

Another vessel 'Comorent' that was close held on to the vessel until Penlee ILB arrived on scene, the vessel was then towed to Penzance Harbour, Penlee ILB returned to Station at 1700.

Crew Will Treneer (helm) James Roberts and Andrew Wood

 

 

 Shout 19/06/17@ 10:20 top of page
 

At 10:20am and at the request of Falmouth Coastguard, the Penlee Inshore lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' launched from Newlyn after a member of the public reported seeing a kayaker in difficulties near Larrigan Rocks, just off Penzance.

The Inshore lifeboat was quickly on scene and located the kayaker - there were no problems and all was ok. Reported to HM Coastguard with good intent.

Crew - Ben Keogh (helm) Patch Harvey (ballast) & Andrew Wood.

Weather - light easterly breeze slight sea.

 

 

 Shout 18/06/17@ 09:09 top of page

 

At 9.09am the Penlee ALB, 'Ivan Ellen' launched at request of HM coastguard to commence shoreline search for a missing German cyclist.

Shortly after the ILB, 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' launched.

Together with Sennen Lifeboats, Coastguard SAR helicopter  and the Cliff rescue teams the area between Lands end and Newlyn were searched resulting in a body being recovered by Sennen lifeboat.

Read about it here:

 

 

 Shout 17/06/17@ 16:14 top of page

 

 

Penlee Inshore Lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' launched at 4.20pm to search for a missing female swimmer who had been seen entering the sea near the old Lifeboat Station at Porthleven Harbour.

The Inshore lifeboat arrived on scene within 15 minutes of launching and started to search the outer harbour area. Thankfully the person was found safe and well on dry land - the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, arriving at 5.15pm.

Weather - Light and variable wind, calm sea 0.5m swell.

Crew - James Roberts (Helm), Jack Shannon, Marcel Le Breton and Sam Kent.
           

 

 

 Shout 16/06/17@ 09:00 top of page

 

At 9am this morning the crew pagers sounded and a request was received from HM Coastguard, Falmouth for the immediate launch of both lifeboats.

The Inshore lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' and the all-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' were tasked to go to a section of the coast between Mousehole and Lamorna - a male coast path walker had climbed down on to rocks and was cut off by a rising tide.

The Inshore lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent', with David Pascoe at the helm, went in close to the rocky shore and the crew assisted the male to safety. He then had a very swift trip back to Newlyn onboard the lifeboat.

Penzance Coastguard Cliff Rescue team were awaiting his arrival and sea safety advice was given.

ILB crew - Helm David Pascoe, Ben Keogh and Andrew Wood.

Weather - West Force 3, calm sea conditions, good visibility.

Perfect weather for an Inshore lifeboat casualty extraction from rocks.

 

 

 Shout 15/06/17@ 11:39 top of page

 

 

At 11:40am, following several reports of an angling vessel drifting towards the Western Cressar Rocks east of Penzance, HM Coastguard at Falmouth requested the immediate launch of Penlee's Inshore Lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent'.

Due to the swift response of our volunteer crew, the Inshore lifeboat launched and arrived on scene within 10 minutes of the initial launch request - an amazing response time.

The disabled vessel, with one person onboard, was towed safely back to Penzance Harbour. The 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' returned to Newlyn at 12:30pm where she was refuelled, washed down, and made ready for her next service.

Crew - Will Treneer, Ben Keogh, Andrew Woods.

Weather - West 5 slight sea 1m swell.

 

 

 Shout 09/06/17@ 17:19 top of page

 

At 5:19pm on 9th June, at the request of HM Coastguard, Falmouth, the Penlee All-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' launched from Newlyn and carried out a shoreline search for a small boat which was reported as being on rocks near Porthleven - nothing was found.

 

 

 Shout 28/05/17@ 12:21 top of page

 

Penlee Lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' launched at 12:21 today to assist a 23ft angling vessel that suffered engine problems 9 miles SSE of Newlyn with 3 persons on board.

As the Lifeboat approached the vessel it managed to restart its engine. Penlee Lifeboat escorted the vessel to Penzance Harbour before returning to Newlyn at 13:35.

Weather East 2-3 slight sea, fine weather.

 

 

 Shout 25/05/17@ 14:35 top of page

 

 

At 2:35pm at the request of HM Coastguard, the Penlee Lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' launched from Newlyn and went to the assistance of a 32-foot yacht with four persons onboard that had suffered engine failure 10 miles SW of Newlyn.

Due to a fresh east wind the yacht was unable to make any progress to Newlyn. The 'Ivan Ellen' lifeboat towed the yacht back to Newlyn, rafted it alongside, and brought it safely into harbour arriving at 5:10pm.

Weather - East 4-5, moderate sea, 1m swell.

Crew - Patch Harvey (Cox), Tony Rendle (Mech), Dave Pascoe, James Roberts, Neville Pittman, Andrew Woods, and Thomas Pascoe.

 

 

 Shout 15/05/17@ 01:42 top of page

 

 

At 01.42hrs Penlee Lifeboat Station received a launch request from Falmouth Coastguard. They reported that a vessels emergency locater beacon had been activated. The signal from this beacon was thought to be coming from an unused fishing vessel in Newlyn Harbour. This vessel was quickly located and boarded by some of our lifeboat crew, they did a cursory search but the beacon could not be found. During this search the directional finder onboard the Penlee Severn Class Lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' started to pick up a weak distress signal.

At 02:10hrs, in the hope of pinpointing the signal, Falmouth Coastguard requested the all-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' to launch. The crew were tasked to search Mount's Bay using our directional finder & radar to try and locate any vessels that maybe in distress. Later Sennen Cove Lifeboat also launched and carried out a similar search towards Pendeen - nothing was found.

After a thorough negative search of Mount's Bay, the 'Ivan Ellen' lifeboat was stood down, returning to station at 03:15hrs.

Falmouth Coastguard are still investigating where the distress beacon could be. It's quite possible that it could be inland, in someone's house or garage, with the owner unaware that the distress beacon has been activated.

Weather - Southerly Force 6, rough sea, 2m swell with heavy rain.

UPDATE: The emergency distress beacon (EPIRB) which sparked the launch of RNLI Penlee & Sennen lifeboat's during the early hours has been located. It was found earlier this morning by the Newlyn Harbour Master in a metal bin on the North Pier. These beacons are activated when they get wet and the heavy rain in Newlyn overnight caused it to go off. It is now at Penlee Lifeboat Station and has been deactivated.

We urge all boat owners to dispose of EPIRB's with care, consideration and attention. If in doubt make contact with your local RNLI station. 

 

 

 Shout 13/05/17@ 07:21 top of page

Penlee ILB using the ALB to veer down
keeping the bow of the ILB pointing into the
waves to stop the lifeboat from capsizing.
This allowed the safe recovery of our crew
from the beach near Porthleven

At 7.21am the inshore Penlee lifeboat, Mollie and Ivor Dent', was tasked to attend the shoreline near Porthleven. Soon after the Penlee ALB, 'Ivan Ellen', was also requested to attend.

Details of the incident have still to be released, but this was a very difficult shout for both our volunteer crews. As always, they dealt with the situation in a calm, compassionate and professional manner, giving assistance to the Devon & Cornwall Police and Porthleven Coastguard Rescue Team who were both on scene.

We await a full statement from the Police in respect of this incident.

 

 

 Shout 07/05/17@ 18:56 top of page

 

 

Launch request from HM Coastguard just before 7pm to assist a 10m fishing vessel with a fouled propeller 4 miles south of Mousehole.

ALB attended vessel and took under tow back to Newlyn Harbour.

 

 

 Shout 07/05/17@ 16:16 top of page

 

 

Penlee All Weather Lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen launched at 16:25 today to assist the 30m Beam trawler 'Billy Rowney' that had suffered a fouled propeller.

Penlee Lifeboat took over the tow from another beam trawler 'Lisa Jaqueline' one mile SE of Newlyn, due to the size and weight of the vessel Penlee Inshore Lifeboat 'Mollie & Ivor' was launched to give assistance towing the vessel through the gaps and berthing it alongside in Newlyn Harbour.

Despite the challenging task the Billy Rowney was berthed alongside with no problems. Both Lifeboats returned to station at 17:15.

ALB crew Patch (cox) Tony Dave P Marcel Sam Straps and Elliot.

ILB crew James (helm) Tom Bicky and Dan.

Weather, fine with a light east breeze and calm sea conditions.

 

 

 Shout 04/05/17@ 15:31 top of page

 

At 3.31pm a launch request was received from HM Coastguard Falmouth for Both Penlee Lifeboats,ILB 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' and ALB 'Ivan Ellen'.

Tasked to search for an overdue swimmer between Newlyn and St Michael's Mount. The swimmer was located safe and well half-a-mile west of the Mount by the fishing vessel 'Cathryn', and was taken to Marazion Beach.

SAR units stood down and returned to base at Newlyn

 

 

 Shout 03/05/17@ 07:39 top of page

 

At 7.39am the Penlee ALB, 'Ivan Ellen', was launched to the aid of a small local fishing vessel 'Mollie May'. The vessel had suffered from fuel problems just off the coast at Porthcurno and required towing into Newlyn Harbour.

The volunteer crew berthed the 'Mollie May' in Newlyn, put the Lifeboat back onto station and left for work!

 

 

 Shout 27/04/17@ 16:36 top of page
 

Launch request by HM Coastguard at 4.36pm to launch the Penlee Inshore Lifeboat, Mollie and Ivor Dent' to the aid of a small fishing vessel, Lady Joan, broken down 1 mile south of Mousehole

The vessel was quickly located and taken under tow to Newlyn harbour where it was berthed alongside the pontoons arriving at 5.20pm.

Crew: Helm Ben, Tom M, Marcel, Tom Pascoe & shore crew Patch & Tony

Weather: Good, wind NW4, max swell 0.5M
      

 

 

 Shout 22/04/17@ 11:54 top of page
 

At 11.54am on 22nd April the all-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' and the Inshore lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' launched from Newlyn and joined the search for a vulnerable 83 year old gentleman who had been reported missing by his wife ~ she actually went to Penlee Lifeboat Station and reported her concerns to Coxswain Patch Harvey and the crew.

An immediate launch of both lifeboats was approved by HM Coastguard, Falmouth. A shoreline search was conducted by the lifeboats, and a search of the coastline and surrounding area was carried out by Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team and the Police.

Thankfully the gentleman was found safe and well at Penzance Bus Station. Both lifeboats returned to Newlyn at 12.30pm.

Weather ~ Calm sea, light breeze from the North. 

 

 

 Shout 19/04/17@ 02:27 top of page
              

Penlee Lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' received a launch request from Falmouth Coastguard at 02:27 on 19th April 2017.

At 02:37 the Lifeboat launched to go to the aid of a local 45ft fishing vessel that suffered steering failure 8.5 miles SSE of Newlyn with 4 persons on board, at 03:10 the rope was connected and the vessel was towed towards Newlyn Harbour.

Penlee Lifeboat berthed the fishing vessel alongside the fish market and returned to station at 5am.

Weather ENE 2-3 slight sea.
Crew Patch Tony Dave P Ben Elliot Dan and Marcel.    

 

 

 Shout 13/04/17@ 14:00 top of page
              

Just after 2.00pm on 13th April and at the request of HM Coastguard, Falmouth, the Penlee Inshore lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' launched from Newlyn and joined other emergency services in the search for an elderly vulnerable male.

The volunteer crew carried out a shoreline search between Newlyn and Penzance.

Thankfully the man was found safe and well in Penzance and all units were stood down. The Mollie and Ivor Dent then returned to Newlyn ready for her next shout.         

 

 

 Shout 31/03/17@ 19:59 top of page

 

At 7.59pm on 31st March, just as darkness was falling, Penlee Lifeboat received a launch request from Falmouth Coastguard and were tasked to help search for a 33ft cabin cruiser, with two persons onboard, that had steering problems, was unsure of its position, and required assistance. The Lizard Lifeboat 'Rose', and the Sennen Lifeboat 'City of London III' were also tasked.

Using radar the Ivan Ellen lifeboat conducted a search of Mount's Bay between Lamorna and Cudden Point - the vessel was thought to be 2 miles from land. The Lizard lifeboat 'Rose' started their search towards Porthleven. During the search our lifeboat saw a small vessel west of Porthleven and headed towards its position, only to find it was a 36ft fishing vessel.

The Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter, Rescue 924, then joined the search for this vessel. At around 9.00pm Rescue 924 located the cabin cruiser 2 miles south of the Lizard Point - Penlee Lifeboat then stood by whilst the Lizard Lifeboat approached the vessel and connected a tow. At 9:20pm the Lizard Lifeboat started towing the vessel towards Falmouth, arriving safely in harbour at 11.00pm.

Penlee Lifeboat then returned to station arriving at 10.00pm.

Weather WSW 4 mod sea 4m swell.             

 

 

 Shout 20/03/17@ 07:00 top of page
           

 

The 'Ivan Ellen' lifeboat has relaunched at around 7am from Newlyn and is making her way back to the 'Lady Alida' (Earlier shout) - the vessel is currently dragging her anchor and the lifeboat will stand-by with a tow rope until the tug arrives.

Following the arrival of the Tug, the tow was transferred to it and the lifeboats were released from the scene to return to Base.

A very long shout for both Penlee and Sennen Crews.

           

 

 

 Shout 20/03/17@ 03:07 top of page

 

At 3.20am, at the request of HM Coastguard, Falmouth, the all-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' launched from Newlyn and went to the assistance of the 'Lady Alida', an 80m coaster with 7 crew onboard, which had suffered complete engine failure 3 miles south of Gwennap Head. The vessel, which sails under the flag of the Netherlands, was laden with sand and bound for Waterford, Southern Ireland. The lifeboat was alongside the 'Lady Alida' just 25 minutes after launching and immediately attached a tow rope.

They started towing the vessel south to safer waters at 1 knot and were then joined by the Sennen Lifeboat 'City of London III' who also attached a tow rope. With both lifeboats taking the strain and towing, making a knot-and-a-half, the vessel was towed to deeper safer water. The initial plan was to tow her to Mount's Bay for safe anchorage but due to the strong SW wind Force 6 it was difficult for the lifeboat to turn the vessel. HM Coastguards at Falmouth agreed that the 'Lady Alida' could anchor in deeper waters south of Gwennap Head to await the assistance of a tug.

A tug is now on route from Plymouth with an ETA of 7 hours. Our lifeboat is on stand-by with a strong likelihood that she will relaunch when the tug arrives on scene.

 

 

 Shout 27/02/17@ 20:48 top of page
 

Penlee Lifeboat launched to assist a 25ft fishing vessel at 8.50pm on 27th Feb. The vessel, with two persons onboard, had suffered a fouled propeller two miles ENE of Newlyn and required a tow.

Crew: Cox Patch, Mech Tony, Dave Pascoe, Ben Keogh, Will Treneer, Elliot Andrews and Neville Pittman.

 

 

 Shout 10/02/17@ 13:05 top of page

 

 

At 1.05pm on 10th Feb the all-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' launched from Newlyn and went to the assistance of the 60-foot gill netter 'Ocean Pride' which had suffered gear box failure.

The Ocean Pride, with 5 crew onboard, was being towed by the Stevenson's beamer 'Lisa Jacqueline' towards Newlyn but the lifeboats help was required to bring the vessel through the gaps.

The Ivan Ellen took over the tow about half a mile east of Newlyn and brought the Ocean Pride safely into the harbour.

The vessel was rafted alongside the lifeboat and towed to the Fish Market.

Crew - Cox Patch, Mech Tony, David Pascoe, Kenny Downing, Neville Pitman and Jason Ward.

Weather - SE Force 3, 1m swell.

 

 

 Shout 04/02/17@ 09:55 top of page
             

Assist in recovery of injured person working on fishing vessel 'Trevessa IV' in Newlyn harbour. The ALB assisted in rescue of the person and transfer to awaiting ambulance.

 

 

 Shout 30/01/17@ 10:00 top of page
             

The Inshore lifeboat 'Mollie & Ivor Dent' self launched to  a small fishing vessel had broken down with fuel problems, but had managed to restart her engines.  The vessel was between Newlyn & Low Lee Buoy. The ILB shadowed the vessel back into Harbour.

Crew - Patch Harvey (Helm), Tony Rendle, and Steve Instance, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager.