Lifeboat diverted from exercise to real 999 emergency

-Credit: (Image: Penlee Lifeboat)
-Credit: (Image: Penlee Lifeboat)


Penlee's all-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' was called to a real emergency this morning - just when they were in the middle of a training exercise. According to the RNLI, the crew were diverted from an exercise at 11.55pm on Saturday morning after Falmouth Coastguard received a 999 call.

They said: "A member of the public noticed a person on a 14ft sailing dinghy had got into difficulties and was waving for help south of Penzance Harbour and rightly reported this to Falmouth Coastguard.

"Penlee Lifeboat located the vessel one mile south of Penzance drifting south in a moderate northerly wind, the Lifeboat with seven crew on board towed the vessel to the entrance of Penzance Harbour.

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"As it was low water the Yboat was launched from the Severn class lifeboat to tow the vessel into the harbour. The Yboat was recovered, Ivan Ellen returned to Newlyn and made for service at 1pm.

"Remember if you see anyone in difficulties on the water ring 999 and speak to the Coastguard."

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