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WATCH: Vessel which ran aground off Cornwall coast rescued

WATCH: Vessel which ran aground off Cornwall coast rescued

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:39am 7th September 2018. (Updated at 4:19pm 7th September 2018)

A vessel and it's crew left stranded without any way of calling for help owe their rescue to a member of the public.

The vessel ran aground off Porthleven late on Thursday night but couldn't raise the alarm because its radio wasn't working. 

The boat was on route to the Isle Of Man when its anchor rope parted. The vessel then drifted ashore.

Luckily a member of the the public came spotted the vessel and called 999.

At 10.26pm two lifeboats launched from Newlyn. 

They located a 22-foot motor vessel, with two people onboard, aground on a beach just east of Porthleven.

In 'difficult conditions' a rope was passed to the stricken vessel and it was towed to Newlyn Harbour. 

"At 10.26pm last night the all-weather lifeboat ‘Ivan Ellen’ and the Inshore lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent’ launched from Newlyn to investigate reports of a vessel that had gone aground near Porthleven. Both lifeboats sped across Mount’s Bay and were quickly on scene.

"In difficult conditions and shallow water the volunteer crew of the Inshore lifeboat managed to get a rope to the stricken vessel and slowly towed it off the beach.

"Crewman, Jack Shannon, was transferred to the motor vessel and the tow was passed to the all-weather lifeboat ‘Ivan Ellen’.

"Because of the low tide a decision was made to tow the vessel to Newlyn - at 1.00am both lifeboats and the casualty vessel arrived safely in Newlyn Harbour, it was rafted alongside the ALB and towed to a pontoon berth.

"The casualty vessel, recently purchased from Plymouth, was on route to the Isle Of Man when its anchor rope parted. The vessel then drifted ashore - the VHF radio did not work which meant the crew on board were unable to call for assistance.

"Thankfully a member of the public saw the vessel aground and reported it via 999 to Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre."

Penlee Lifeboat

The lifeboat crew has thanked the efforts of all involved calling it "team work at its best".

"Special thanks to the Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre for coordinating this rescue and to Porthleven Coastguard Rescue Team and their flank station Mullion Coastguard Rescue Team for their assistance.

"They lit up the sea and casualty vessel with powerful search lights, enabling the Inshore lifeboat to work safely during extraction from the beach - team work at its best."

Penlee Lifeboat

"A late night for us and a respectful nod to our flank team Mullion Coastguard Rescue Team for their assistance. We lit the sea up with that lighting rig.

"Penlee Lifeboat always a pleasure to work with you."

Porthleven Coastguard Team

The vessel safely back in the harbour.


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