Motorboat with propellor and steering difficulties

Date: Monday 30 August 2021

Location: 3 miles southwest of Dodman Point

Weather: E 3-4, Slight Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Clear Sky

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 18:53 / Returned 22:35) – Dave Nicoll (Deputy 2nd Coxswain), Tom Bird, Sandy Procter, Neil Capper, Nick Head, Andy Edwards, Chris Simpson


At 18:41 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All-Weather Lifeboat launched to assist a 10 metre Motorboat with two people on board. The vessel had reported losing a propellor and was experiencing steering difficulties 3 miles southeast of Nare Head.

The All-Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 18:53 and, having rounded Zone Point, headed east arriving on scene at 19:25. The motorboat was underway towards Dodman Point but was struggling with its steering and was concerned that one of its engines would overheat. It was agreed that the lifeboat would escort the vessel around Dodman Point into St Austell Bay. With the light fading, and the vessel’s erratic steering, it was decided that the lifeboat should escort the boat into Fowey. On approaching the entrance to Fowey harbour, the motorboat was placed alongside the lifeboat and towed into the harbour where it was placed on the Albert Quay pontoons at 21:27. The lifeboat was then released to head back to its station.

The lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth by 22:35 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 22:55.

The motorboat had been on passage from the Isles of Scilly to Plymouth when it had lost one of its propellors and was experiencing steering difficulties. With no other vessels in the area, and the light fading, the coastguard requested that the lifeboat was launched to locate and assist the boat.

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