Missing Child

Date: Sunday 16 February 2020

Location: Between Castle Beach and Pendennis Headland

Weather: SW 5, Moderate Sea and Swell, Excellent Visibility, Clear Sky

All Weather Lifeboat: (Launched 16:48 / Returned 16:52) – Luke Wills (Second Coxswain), Carl Beardmore, Dave Nicoll, Andy Jenkin, Jonathan Hackwell, Will Allen, Chris Simpson

Inshore Lifeboat: (Launched 16:44 / Returned 16:59) – Sandy Procter (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Tamsin Mulcahy, Caden Harris


At 16:38 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a report of a missing child between Castle Beach and Pendennis Point in Falmouth. The Police and the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked to assist with the search. The decision was made at 16:42 to also launch the All-Weather Lifeboat to assist in the search.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 16:44 and arrived off Pendennis Point at 16:48 to commence its search.

The All-Weather Lifeboat was manned by 16:48 and was in the process of departing its pontoon berth at 16:50 when the Coastguard advised both lifeboats that the child had been located safe and well on Castle Drive.

The All-Weather Lifeboat was secured back alongside its pontoon berth by 16:52. The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway by 16:59, where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:10.