Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard was launched on Thursday 25 June to a boat that had been spotted drifting near Porthoustock.

At 10.41am, Falmouth inshore lifeboat, with Helm Neil Capper and crew Lloyd Barron, Tamara Brookes and Caden Harris, launched in sunshine and made their way across the bay to Porthoustock.

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The lifeboat took over the tow of the vessel, a 3.5m RIB, that a passing boat was kindly stopping from drifting. It was then taken to the care of the Porthoustock Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team. As there was equipment on board the vessel and it looked recently used, the inshore lifeboat was tasked to carry out a shoreline search between Nare Point and the Manacles.

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At 11.54am, it was confirmed that the owner of the vessel was safe and searching for the boat, which had been blown from the Helford River out towards Porthoustock. The lifeboat and crew made their way back to Falmouth station, where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service. 

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