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The 40th anniversary of the Penlee lifeboat disaster

EDM (Early Day Motion) 650: tabled on 15 November 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 10 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House commemorates the Penlee Lifeboat disaster 40 years ago on 19 December 1981; honours the bravery of the eight man crew of the Solomon Browne who in severe conditions went to sea to rescue eight people on board the stricken coaster The Union Star; remembers the tragedy of that night when, despite heroic rescue attempts, all 16 people lost their lives; pays tribute to the families of lost crew members who continue to honour their memory through fundraising efforts for a memorial stone to honour the 40th anniversary of the disaster; recognises the bravery of the Royal Navy helicopter crew from RNAS Culdrose and the efforts of lifeboat crews from The Lizard, Sennen Cove and St Marys that night; notes the hard work of those who subsequently changed the rules giving the authorities the power to order a ship to take a tow; and sends humble gratitude to every volunteer RNLI crew member around the whole country who, despite knowing the risks, selflessly goes to sea to save lives and to the volunteer shore crew who support them to do so.