Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew were launched in response to a call from a single handed yacht that had suffered engine failure.

At 3.36pm on Tuesday 19 May, Falmouth Lifeboat crew were tasked to assemble. Having followed procedures put in place due to Covid-19, the inshore lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard launched with a crew of Helm Jamie Wakefield, Tom Bird, Tamara Brookes and Lloyd Barron. 

Falmouth inshore lifeboat launched to a yacht in need of assistance.
Inshore lifeboat escorting yacht back to the marina

The casualty was a 9m yacht with one person aboard that had engine difficulties around 200m off Penarrow Point and was drifting towards the shore. With limited wind to sail by and the vessel’s engines playing up, the inshore lifeboat escorted and then towed the vessel away from the rocks and towards Falmouth marina. 

The tow was passed to the Marina Workboat once in the Penryn river, and the inshore lifeboat was released to return to the station where it was disinfected and made ready for service.