Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers thank local community after storm damage


The Sennen Cove RNLI volunteer crew expressed their sincere thanks to the local community for their support following the extensive damage to the lifeboat station during Storm Eunice last week.

And, as the cleanup continues, the RNLI is appealing to help fund some of the repair work needed to keep its volunteers and the lifeboats in service safe. The charity is aiming to raise £100,000 to cover the cost of repairing the roof at Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station.

During last Friday’s storm (February 18), the station was badly damaged when the metal covering of the roof exploded. Fortunately no one was injured, the station was evacuated and the lifeboat placed on restricted service. The RNLI Estates team worked hard with station volunteers to get the Tamar and D-class lifeboats back into service on Saturday afternoon in time for the mid-term break.

Ollie George, Station Coxswain at Sennen Cove RNLI, says: “Our lifeboat station has withstood many storms over the years in such an exposed location on the Cornish coast. I was inside the building at the time with my dad (Deputy Launch Authority Terry) on Friday and we couldn’t believe the roof had been blown off in seconds, it shows how strong the winds were during the storm and we are very grateful that no one was injured.

“Subsequently, the response from the local community has been incredible, from offers of physical help to those offering fundraising support, and RNLI staff working hard to get us back up and running. The warmth and support we have received has been overwhelming and we are so grateful for everyone’s support during this time.

This week, a small scaffolding tower was erected so that the roof could be thoroughly assessed, when it was safe to do so. Inspections are taking place this week to determine the best course of action to replace the roof as quickly and economically as possible.

The RNLI has appealed for £100,000 to help raise money for the roof repairs, through donations and fundraising events.

Dickon Berriman, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, explains: “The full extent of the damage is still being assessed and it will take time to get a clearer idea of ​​the cost of repairs. We remain committed to providing a functional boathouse for our volunteers and staff to keep them safe and to keep our lifeboats in service.

“The positivity and positive attitude of all the volunteers at Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station has been inspiring and we continue to work hard to restore their lifeboat facilities as soon as possible.

“We have received so many kind offers of support that we have put out an appeal for people to donate and raise money specifically for the roof repairs. If you would like to help Sennen Cove RNLI through their storm repairs, you can visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/RNLI-Sennen-Cove-Appeal

Notes to Editors

Media are invited to Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station on Thursday February 24 at 11 a.m. to interview Dickon Berriman, RNLI Regional Rescue Manager, and Ollie George, Sennen Cove RNLI Coxswain. Please contact Emma at the contact details below to confirm.

An attached photo shows the station’s blown roof. Please credit James Loveridge Photography.

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