Coastguards in Falmouth were called into action this weekend (Sunday) after a call for assistance from a 58 foot motor vessel that had lost power six miles west-north-west of Sennen Cove.

HM Coastguard Falmouth requested the assistance of Sennen Cove Tamar class all-weather lifeboat after a motor vessel, manned by two people suffered a loss of engine oil, meaning there was no way to restart their engine.

The skipper of the vessel requested assistance HM Coastguard at Falmouth.

According to coastguards from Sennen, with the motor vessel unable to proceed under her own power and their proximity to the Lands End Traffic Separation Scheme, HM Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Sennen Cove lifeboat.

The relief all-weather lifeboat Edward and Barbara Prigmore launched nine minutes later under the command of Coxswain Ollie George, with a total of six RNLI volunteer crew on board and made a safe speed to the casualty.


In an update posted on the Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station social media page, a spokesperson said: "On Sunday 8 May at 8.30am HM Coastguard Falmouth requested the assistance of the Sennen Cove Tamar class all-weather lifeboat.

"On arriving on scene and following discussions with the vessel’s skipper, the RNLI volunteer crew passed a supply of oil to the casualty vessel to help the crew try to resolve the issue and restart their engine.

"Once oil levels were topped up and checks made the casualty vessel’s engine was successfully restarted and the two crew were able to proceed under their own power.

"Coxswain Ollie George and crew escorted the motor vessel for a few miles to ensure that all was safe and well before they were stood down by HM Coastguard to return to Sennen Cove.

"The lifeboat was recovered up the short slip around 10.30am where she was washed down, refuelled and made ready for her next service."