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Penlee Mechanic lays the RNLI wreath at the Cenotaph

Ex Serviceman and Penlee Mechanic Tony Rendle carry the RNLI wreath

12/11/2017
 

 

What a week for celebrating!

Just as we were getting over 25,000 facebook likes we get the news that our planning has been granted

14/09/2017
 

 

Penlee facebook reach 25,000 likes

Huge thank you to all of our supporters for helping us achieve this milestone

12/09/2017
 

 

Penlee features in BBC Two 'Saving Lives at Sea'

Tuesday 12th Sept at 8pm on BBC Two, watch Penlee All weather lifeboat in action

12/09/2017
 

 

Maritime Broadcast Information VHF channel changes

Important information for all those who listen to the MCA information channels

05/09/2017
 

 

London Fire Brigade visit Penlee

Firefighters who attended the Grenfell Tower fire in London visit the station

05/09/2017
 

 

Godolphin Arms Marazion fundraiser

Once again massive support from the Godolphin Arms and the Saturday Gang

02/09/2017
 

 

Book signing and history talk at St. Pol de Leon Church

Book Signing by author Rachael Campey and talks by Penlee's Martin Brockman

01/09/2017
 

 

Penlee history book launched by author

Our new history book 'Service not self' officially launched at the fish festival

28/08/2017
 

 

The new ILB 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' naming and dedication

Family of the late 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' travel to Penlee to name our lifeboat

26/08/2017
 

 

Penlee marks the passing of another of our family

Sadly we have to announce the passing of Shore helper William (Andrew) Perry

02/08/2017
 

 

Penlee History book available

After 3 years of hard work our history book 'Service not Self' goes into print

24/07/2017
 

 

Penlee marks the passing of another hero

Sadly we announce that retired Coxswain Ken Thomas has passed away

24/07/2017
 

 

Planning Permission for our station!

Our Planning application has been put forward - YIPEE!

20/07/2017
 

 

MV Juan Ferrer memorial dedicated

The only remaining survivor comes to Cornwall after 53 years

08/07/2017
 

 

Lifesaving training to commercial fishermen

Penlee assists the RNLI fishing safety Officer in some training

02/07/2017
         
                                                                                                                                          

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12/11/17    top of page
Penlee Mechanic lays the RNLI wreath at the Cenotaph

A very proud moment for Ex Royal Navy Serviceman and our Station Mechanic, Tony Rendle, who’s representing the RNLI and laying a poppy wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

we will remember them.

 

 

14/09/17    top of page
What a week for celebrating!

Fantastic news....

 

our planning application for the new lifeboat station has been approved! We hope that work will start in Spring 2018. Another huge thanks to those who have made this possible!

 

THANK YOU!

 

 

12/09/17    top of page
Penlee facebook reach 25,000 likes

Huge thank you to our supporters as our facebook page exceeds 25,000 likes!

 

THANK YOU!

 

 

12/09/17    top of page
Penlee features in BBC Two 'Saving Lives at Sea'
 

BBC TWO 8pm Tuesday 12th Sept - 'Saving lives at sea'

At 3.20am, 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 7 crew onboard, 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.

 

 

05/09/17    top of page
Maritime Broadcast Information VHF channel changes

Please note - important changes to VHF channels for maritime safety information broadcasts from Wednesday 6 September.

further information at www.gov.uk/mca

 

 

05/09/17    top of page
London Fire Brigade visit Penlee

The Penlee crew welcomed eight firefighters who attended the Grenfell Tower fire in London onboard the lifeboat in Newlyn. The firefighters, who will be spending a couple of days in West Cornwall taking part in various activities, enjoyed a trip around Mount's Bay on our all-weather Lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen'.

Many thanks to Mark and Michelle Grenfell for organising the visit, it was a real pleasure to meet them all.

 

 

02/09/17    top of page
Godolphin Arms Marazion fundraiser

What a fantastic day for another book signing event and fundraiser at the Godolphin Arms, Marazion.

40 copies of our new station history book sold, with not one single person asking for change! £229.00 raised by the Saturday Gang in their raffle, and as always, magnificent support from Penzance Sea Cadets.

Thank you one and all

 

 

01/09/17    top of page
Book signing and history talk at St. Pol de Leon Church

What another fantastic day for another book signing event and heritage talks at St. Pol de Leon Church, Paul.

We sold 22 books and yet again not one single person asked for change! Really grateful for your support and generosity.

Just one more big thank you to the team at the church who hosted a book launch & signing.

 

 

28/08/17    top of page
Penlee history book launched by author

What a fantastic day for the official launch of our new station history book!

 

Wall to wall sunshine and lots of very generous visitors. It was lovely to welcome our author, Rachael Campey, back to the station. Almost three years of hard work have paid off Rachael, you've done us all proud

 

 

26/08/17    top of page
The new ILB 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' naming and dedication

Our Inshore lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' is now officially named and dedicated - god bless her and all who sail in her.

           

Huge thanks to the family and friends of Mollie and Ivor, and to everyone who attended the event and made it so special. It was a fantastic day much enjoyed by everyone, more photos will follow later.

Photos by: Amy Smith Photography

 

 

02/08/17    top of page
Penlee marks the passing of another of our family

RNLI flags at Penlee are flying at half-mast again - remembering William Perry, known to us all as Andrew, who sadly passed away yesterday after a short illness.

Andrew, a Mousehole boy born and bred, was a giant of a man with an amazing sense of humour and a heart of gold. He was well respected by everyone who knew and worked with him.

Serving his time at Holman's, Andrew then worked for Trinity House on Lighthouses around the country. Like many Mousehole men he joined the Shore Crew at the old Penlee Lifeboat Station, helping to launch and rehouse the Solomon Browne lifeboat over many years.

Andrew was also a very active member of the Mousehole community, helping with the Christmas Lights and Harbour Sports. Many happy moments shared with Andrew are fondly remembered by the Mousehole Harbour Lights gang.

Our thoughts are with Andrew's family at this sad time. Rest in Peace big man, you'll never be forgotten another valued member of our lifeboat family has 'Crost the bar'.

 

 

24/07/17    top of page
Penlee History book available

After almost three years of hard work the new Penlee Lifeboat Station history book 'Service Not Self' written by Rachael Campey and researched by our Press Officer, Elaine Trethowan, is available!

At the moment you can purchase a copy priced at £8.95 from the lifeboat station in Newlyn, from the RNLI Shop, The Terrace, Penzance, the Queens Hotel, Penzance and The Old Coastguard at Mousehole. Other local sales outlets will follow.

For those of you who live further afield and are interested in purchasing a copy of the book please send us a private message.

Please spread the word and share

 

 

24/07/17    top of page
Penlee marks the passing of another hero

It is with a saddened heart that we inform you that retired Penlee Coxswain, Ken Thomas, has passed away. 

 

Ken was our Cox between 1981 and 1993, taking the helm immediately after the loss of the RNLB Solomon Browne and on several reserve fleet lifeboats, before finally having our own lifeboat, the 'Guy and Clare Hunter' in 1982. When the Arun class 'Mabel Alice' arrived in 1983 Kenny was her cox until passing over the reigns to Neil Brockman in 1993.

 

A well loved and respected Coxswain, our thoughts go out to his family at this time.

 

 

20/07/17    top of page
Planning Permission for our station!

Some really good news to share....

The RNLI have recently submitted a Planning Application for our new station building in Newlyn. This application marks the next stage of the RNLI's upgrade to provide modern crew facilities in Newlyn Harbour, including a larger Crew/Operational Room, Training Room, Changing Room, and Workshop.

The new station will also house a Visitor Engagement area allowing the RNLI to convey the sea safety message to locals and visitors alike and be constructed to allow greater community use of its facilities. The contemporary two-storey building is to be located on the same site as the existing station which will operate from temporary facilities during construction. With features in line with current RNLI operational standards and highly energy efficient, it will be timber clad with a monopitch roof and large timber windows enabling the RNLI to survey Newlyn Harbour and well out south and east into Mount's Bay and beyond.

Another big step in the right direction.

 

 

08/07/17    top of page
MV Juan Ferrer memorial dedicated
           

The final resting place of four Spanish sailors who perished after their 640-tonne Spanish coaster - the Juan Ferrer - ran aground on the rocks of Boscawen Point on October 23, 1963 has finally been marked with a memorial stone.

Only four of the 15 crew survived the tragedy after a south-westerly gale and poor visibility got them into trouble near Porthcurno. The radio was dead, the ships lifeboats were out of action and the Juan Ferrer, fatally gashed by the rocks, was sinking fast. Three of the crew knelt on the deck praying for help, the screams of the dying crew rang in the captain’s ears. They underlined his desperation. For he knew that he, too, must surely die before that terrible night was over. But Captain Luis Ruiz lived because of the volunteer crew of the Solomon Browne lifeboat. And afterwards he was able to explain what had made him cling to his life that night when his ship hit rocks off the Cornish Coast.

Eleven members of the stricken vessel's crew did not live to tell the tale of what happened next. Only four - including the 32-year old captain - could recount the desperate battle against a very angry sea. The survivors were taken to Newlyn Fishermen's Mission and, after being treated at West Cornwall Hospital, were flown back to Spain from London.

Seven recovered bodies of the sailors were transported back to Spain on the Juan Ferrer's sister coaster, but the remaining four that were found afterwards were buried in the Roman Catholic section of Penzance Cemetery. Manuel Corral Castiñera, 29, Carlos Coello De Castro, 31, Manuel Esperante Esperante, 41, and Domingo Vidal Blanco, 30 - whose son Domingo was only 12 months old at the time – lay in that unmarked grave until the memorial was recently bought and installed with the funds raised.

The unmarked grave was found whilst the new Penlee Lifeboat History book 'Service Not Self' was being researched by the Penlee Lifeboat Press & Heritage Officers, Elaine Trethowan and Martin Brockman. Elaine's father, 83-year-old Nim Bawden, and his friend Malvin McClary, were members of the Solomon Browne lifeboat crew from Penlee, who went to the sailors’ aid on that fateful night.

The only surviving member of the Juan Ferrer crew, 71-year-old Benito Mayo Núñez, travelled back to Cornwall to see the memorial stone for himself and to pay his respects. The dedication and blessing of the Juan Ferrer memorial stone took place on Saturday 8 July at Penzance Cemetery. Followed on Sunday 9 July with a visit to the wreck site onboard the Penlee all-weather lifeboat Ivan Ellen. A blessing carried out by the Penlee Lifeboat Chaplain, Julyan Drew, and Mr Nunez and his family placed a wreath in memory of those who perished at Boscawen Point.

RNLI Penlee Press Officer Elaine Trethowan said: 'It has been a very emotional journey. Two communities have been pulled together through a tragic event in 1963 - situations like this really do show the Internet and Facebook at its best - the reaction has been brilliant and we are so grateful for all the donations.’‘For my dad, who is now 83, and Malvin McClary, who were both part of the Solomon Browne crew that night, it's a reminder of the tragic event. It's touching to think that after all this time there are still people who remember and want to do something for those caught up in the tragedy.’

The Penlee Heritage team would like to thank all of those who helped put this weekend together, particularly a huge thank you to Longrock memorials for helping us place the memorial stone.

 

 

02/07/17    top of page
Lifesaving training to commercial fishermen

Photos: Amy Smith Photography

Penlee RNLI hosted a lifesaving training exercise for local commercial fisherman in Mount's Bay. Working with the RNLI Fishing Safety Officer, Dave Colmer, Penlee organised a series of realistic scenarios which aim to improve survival techniques and recovery procedures at sea.

Real-life sea conditions will ensure that the fishermen are fully aware of the dangers and challenges of man overboard situations. By giving these fishermen a taste of the potentially deadly impact that cold water shock can have in debilitating the body, we hope that they’ll be more likely to wear their personal floatation devices at sea to increase their chance of survival if they do fall overboard.