A fishing boat was towed 25 miles to safety after becoming stuck near Land’s End


A fishing boat had to be towed 25 miles by the RNLI after its propeller jammed.

At around 9.15pm on Sunday January 9, Falmouth Coastguard were alerted to a fishing boat stranded about 8 miles north-north-west of Sennen Cove.

The boat, an 18-metre fishing boat, had its propeller “fouled” on something in the water and could not move in rough seas, according to the Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station.

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The captain of the boat requested help from the coastguard, who dispatched the City of London III, an all-weather lifeboat.

However, the conditions were too difficult even for the lifeboat to be launched safely immediately and entered the water around 9:33 p.m.

City of London III arrived at the boat in a lull in the choppy water, around 10 p.m., and found the fishing boat stuck.

The boat’s skipper was thrown on a line to tow the boat clear of the obstruction, but despite being released at 10:30 p.m. the boat could not move under its own power.

Second coxswain Dan Shannon decided to tow the boat to the nearest “safe and suitable harbour”, which was the home berth of Newlyn’s fishing boat.

The 25-mile trip took just over four hours in rough sea conditions, with the lifeboat pulling the fishing boat into Newlyn Harbor at 2.30am on Monday January 10.

City of London III was left at Newlyn overnight as it was too risky to return to Sennen Cove in the swell.

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