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PHOTOS: Lifeboats in bad weather rescue off Cornwall

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2:46pm 20th March 2017
(Updated 2:46pm 20th March 2017)

The crews of two Cornwall lifeboats have been scrambled to help a coaster that suffered total engine failure in gale force winds.

The Lady Alida got into trouble off Gwennap Head in the early hours of Monday, with seven people on board.

The Penlee managed to attach a tow rope to pull the vessel to safer, deeper waters, along with the Sennen lifeboat.

Because of the bad weather, Lady Alida has anchored where she is.

The Penlee's crew have been scrambled for a second time, to support the coaster while she waits for a tug from Plymouth.

That was expected to take seven hours.

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Earlier Penlee lifeboat posted on Facebook: "At 3.20am this morning, 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 seven crew on board, 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 and was expected to take seven hours - so the Penlee have been scrambled again.

2:46pm 20th March 2017

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