Man overboard demonstration:

At 3.30pm the Ivan Ellen along with the ILB Molly and Ivor dent will carry out a rescue demonstration for a man overboard situation.  keep an eye out for the the local pleasure boat Cormorant which will simulate the incident by having someone fall from her deck – once the alarm has been sounded both Penlee lifeboats will respond form their station in the harbour – will they get there in time?

Penlee lifeboats have responded to 40 shouts already this year!

Penlee lifeboats

Ivan Ellen will be open to the public on the RNLI pontoon in the morning.

Ivan Ellen, Mollie and Ivor Dent will assist the trawler races from 14:00 with the Paul Alexander acting as the committee boat.

All three will parade in the harbour and perform a man overboard rescue demonstration for us at 15:30

Penlee is one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the south west with up to 65 rescues and over 100 people assisted each year.

Penlee is well-known because of the tragic disaster in 1981 when the lifeboat Solomon Browne launched into hurricane conditions to rescue 8 people from the Union Star. All hands from both vessels, 16 in all, lost their lives.

Penlee today has 26 volunteer crew members. Only the Coxswain/Mechanic is paid a salary by the RNLI.

ILB Paul Alexander: The Atlantic 75 carries communication and electronic navigation aids, including VHF radio, DGPS and electronic chart, hand-held VHF, as well as a searchlight, night-vision equipment and parachute illuminating rocket flares for night-time operations. In the event of a capsize, a crew member activates a gas bottle to inflate the self-righting bag and the lifeboat turns upright in a few seconds.

ILB Molly and Ivor Dent. The Paul Alexander has now been replaced by the Mollie and Ivor Dent which is an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat with 4 crew. It is 8.4 m long, has two Yamaha 115 hp engines with a top speed of 35 knots.