The 7th launch of 2021 came on Saturday 13 February, with Falmouth Coastguard requesting Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat launch to assist a person aboard a yacht which was taking water on a mooring in Falmouth Harbour.
Launching at 9.47am, the inshore lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard and crew made their way across the harbour from the station to the yacht and casualty aboard. Lifeboat crew members were placed aboard to ensure the casualty was well and help assess that state of the water ingress into the vessel, with a salvage pump passed across to remove some of the seawater.
With strong winds and a moderate swell in the harbour, the all-weather lifeboat was brought to standby and then launched at 10am to provide assistance as needed, including the use of a larger salvage pump.
Once the amount of water had gone down due to the pump’s use, the occupant was taken ashore and arrangements made by the owner to have the yacht recovered by a private salvage company.Both lifeboats were then stood down and returned to station, where they were then refuelled and made ready for service.
After the shout, Dave Nicoll, Deputy 2nd Coxswain said:
“The individual did the right thing, and we would encourage anyone concerned for their safety or the wellbeing of others at sea to contact the Coastguard using their VHF Radio or by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.
This call-out is an example of how our volunteers are ready to drop everything and head out to help others in rough seas, and you can help us keep ready to launch all-year-round by visiting our new dedicated Falmouth RNLI JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/falmouth-rnli-lifesavers-fund-2021.”