Report of Diver Marker Buoy
Date: Sunday 6 October 2019
Location: 2 miles South of Zone Point
Weather: NW 5, Moderate Sea and Slight Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast
All Weather lifeboat: (Launched 14:42 / Returned 16:01) – Jonathan Blakeston (Coxswain), Tom Bird, Andy Jenkin, Jonathan Hackwell, Jake Ingleby, Jamie Connolly, Will Allen
Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 14:17 / Returned 15:47) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Adam West, Jack Williams, James Murray
At 14:09 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched after a passing sailing vessel reported a Divers Surface Marker Buoy with no vessels in the vicinity of the Old Walls, 2 miles South of Zone Point.
The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 14:17 and arrived on scene at 14:26. With no sign of the marker buoy and the prevailing weather conditions at 14:32 the Inshore Lifeboat crew requested that the All Weather Lifeboat should also be launched to assist with the search. The Inshore Lifeboat commenced a search based on the initial position.
At 14:42 the All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth and arrived on scene at 15:00 and commenced the search area provided by the Coastguard. Once the Inshore Lifeboat had completed its initial search it was tasked to check other vessels in the area. At 15:37 further information was received which indicated that surface marker had possibly been lost earlier in the day, so with nothing being found both lifeboats were advised that once they had completed their current search areas if nothing was found they could return to their lifeboat station.
The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 15:47, with the All Weather Lifeboat being back alongside its pontoon berth shortly afterwards at 16:01. Both lifeboats were refuelled and made ready for service by 16:15.
The Diver Surface Marker Buoy had been cut away during a dive by a group of divers operating off Pendennis Point earlier in the day. Unfortunately, the dive leader did not report this to the coastguard, but once they became aware of the search they made contact and were able to confirm the description of the lost marker which fitted the one given by the passing yacht. The marker was not located during the search and as it was not tethered will have been blown further out to sea due to the strong north westerly wind.