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Penlee named one of the busiest lifeboat crews in Cornwall

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: September 19, 2012

An Atlantic inshore lifeboat. Photo by RNLI Nigel Millard

An Atlantic inshore lifeboat. Photo by RNLI Nigel Millard

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Penlee lifeboat crews had a busy summer after being called out 24 times in just three months, making them the second busiest station in Cornwall ahead of Newquay.

New figures from the RNLI show that the Newlyn-based station was only topped by Falmouth, which was called out 45 times in the same period from June 1 to August 31.

Newquay crews were launched 23 times and in total, RNLI lifeboat crews in the south west launched 653 times a slight rise on last year's total of 627. 

Tom Mansell, RNLI Inspector in the south west, said tricky weather had been a challenge for the crews.

"This has been an unusual summer with some tricky weather for our volunteer lifeboat crews to contend with," he said.

"The recent rescue of a surfer in southerly force five to six winds and with a choppy two to three metre swell and larger breaking waves by the crew of the Salcombe inshore lifeboat showed just how much we expect from our volunteers, as did the rescue of a yachtsman thrown into the water when the boat he was on capsized off Padstow." 

The furthest distance travelled by a lifeboat in a single shout was carried out by St Mary's lifeboat, from the Isles of Scilly, which launched to rescue a catamaran 80 nautical miles offshore and tow it back to harbour.

Crews were also involved in a wide range of activities from Jubilee celebrations to Olympic sailing safety coverage.

Mr Mansell added: "Once again our volunteer crews have shown that they are committed and brave individuals, on standby to save lives at sea come rain or shine even during the summer when they deserve their own time off to be with their families.   I thank them for their continuing dedication and I thank their families for their invaluable support too."

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