Motor Boat adrift

Date: Saturday 27 April 2019

Location: Helford Estuary

Weather: W 8, Moderate Sea and Slight Swell, Fair Visibility, Squally Showers

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 08:27 / Returned 09:46) – Dave Nicoll (Deputy 2nd Coxswain), Andy Jenkin, Tom Bird, Jonathan Hackwell, Adrian Hingston, Will Allen, Tamsin Mulcahy, Lloyd Barron


At 08:19 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All-Weather Lifeboat be launched following reports of a Motor Boat adrift in the Helford Estuary. It was unknown if anyone was on board the vessel.

The All-Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 08:27 and arrived off the mouth of the Helford Estuary at 08:48. The 13m vessel was found adrift one cable off Toll Point. The lifeboat went alongside the vessel and having confirmed that no one was on board then strapped the vessel alongside and took it to one of the visitor’s moorings off Helford Passage. The vessel was safely secured to the mooring by 09:19 and the All-Weather Lifeboat was then released to return to its station.

The All-Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth at 09:46 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 10:05.

The vessels mooring strop had parted during the heavy weather and it had then been blown down the Estuary towards the rocks at Toll Point. The owner of the vessel has subsequently been in contact and was extremely appreciative of the assistance that was given to his boat.