Rough sea causes problems at Sennen as RNLI lifeboat searches for missing 60-year-old woman
A LIFEBOAT crew, helicopter and cliff rescue team were scrambled to search for a missing woman at Sennen on Saturday.
The urgent call was received at around 3pm after the 60-year-old disappeared in the Cot Valley area between Sennen Cove and Cape Cornwall.
Rough sea caused problems for the RNLI team with a moderate swell making it impossible for them to get close to the shore, particularly in shoal areas between The Brisons and Cape Cornwall. A rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose and the Land's End Cliff Rescue Team were also involved in the search.
After battling the poor conditions and fading light the search was called off and the woman was found safe and well in Mousehole later that evening.
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Speaking to The Cornishman after the weekend search, a spokesperson for the RNLI gave more details about the tough weather conditions the teams had to deal with.
"At 4.30pm as the light was fading the search was called off and the lifeboat was released to return to station in Sennen Cove," they said.
"The prevailing swell prevented any hope of a high water recovery, as the seas were sweeping the breakwater from end to end. It was decided to anchor in Pol an Day to wait for the conditions to improve at low water and the lifeboat eventually recovered into the boathouse at 9.45pm."