The ketch under tow by Falmouth Lifeboat with the Falmouth Boat Construction RIB following. Photo: Sandy Procter

HM Coastguard requested the launch of Falmouth’s all-weather lifeboat on Wednesday afternoon (5 August) to assist a ketch anchored in Falmouth Bay that was having difficulty raising its anchor due to mechanical issues with its windlass. There were also concerns about the welfare of the yacht’s crew due to the poor weather forecast.

 The Severn class lifeboat Richard Cox Scott launched at 4.31pm under the command of Coxswain Jonathon Blakeston with crew members Tom Bird, Jamie Wakefield, Will Allen, Andy Edwards, Joe Amps and James Murray. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 4.42pm where they found the Falmouth Boat Construction RIB (rigid inflatable boat) in attendance.

Due to very poor communications with the casualty’s skipper, a lifeboat crew member was transferred to the ketch to assist. A towline was attached and a manual recovery of the anchor commenced. Once this was completed and the anchor stowed, the lifeboat towed the casualty to a safe mooring in Falmouth Harbour.

Falmouth Coxswain Jonathon Blakeston said: ‘This was a relatively straightforward service but I would like to thank the Falmouth Boat Construction RIB for the support they gave’.