Ketch Desperado of Cowes requiring assistance into harbour

Monday 13 June 2016

Location: 3 Miles South of Pendennis Point

Weather: W 5, Slight Sea and Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast with showers

All-weather lifeboat (Launched 20:00 / Returned 21:40) – Jonathan Blakeston (Coxswain), Dave Nicoll, Claire Angove, Adam West, Jack Chuter, Jamie Wakefield, Josh Williams


At 18:19 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to assist the 20m Ketch Desperado of Cowes which had suffered engine failure and was requesting assistance into Falmouth Harbour. The vessel was diverting to Falmouth and would be in Falmouth Bay by 20:00.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 20:00 and headed out into the bay. The Ketch was located 3 miles South of Pendennis Point and once the lifeboat arrived on scene at 20:20 the vessel dropped their sails so that a tow could be established. A tow line was passed to the vessel and at 20:33 the tow into Falmouth commenced. Once off the Docks the ketch was strapped alongside the lifeboat and was then taken to Port Pendennis Marina where it was safely moored at 21:23, the All Weather Lifeboat was then released to return to its station.

The All Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth at 21:40, with the lifeboat being refuelled and ready for service by 21:55.

The Swan 65 Ketch with five persons on board had been on passage from the Hamble to Dun Laoghaire in the Republic of Ireland for the start of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race. When they had developed engine problems they had wisely diverted to Falmouth and due to the size of the vessel and prevailing weather conditions had requested assistance to enter the harbour.