Motor Boat broken down and adrift

Date: Saturday 11 May 2019

Location: 2 miles South of Manacle Buoy

Weather: NW 4, Slight Sea and Swell, Excellent Visibility, Sunny

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 11:28 / Returned 13:45) – Dave Nicoll (Deputy 2nd Coxswain), Adam West, Jamie Connoly, Will Allen, Tamara Brookes, Joe Amps, Wendy Rabett, James Murray


At 11:27 as Falmouth Lifeboat was leaving its berth for a PR Visit to the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club when it was requested by Falmouth Coastguard to proceed to assist the 11.6m Motor Boat At Last with six persons on board which had reported being adrift with engine failure 2 miles South of the Manacle Buoy. Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team were also tasked to meet the casualty on its arrival back in Falmouth.

The All-Weather Lifeboat proceeded at 11:28 and arrived on scene off the Manacles at 12:00. A tow line was rigged and by 12:10 the lifeboat had the casualty in tow and was heading back towards Falmouth. Once off Falmouth Docks the vessel was strapped alongside the lifeboat and was taken to the Port Pendennis Marina where it was safely moored at 13:40, the lifeboat then being released to return to its station.

The All-Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth at 13:45 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 14:00.

The vessel had been on a fishing trip when it had suffered engine failure. This had been caused by a split coolant pipe which in turn had shorted out the battery system meaning that the skipper could only communicate with the Coastguard and Lifeboat via mobile phone. The vessel had been unable to anchor as it was in 70m of water but luckily the tide and wind was taking the vessel clear of the Manacle Rocks.