Yacht Lochiall reporting an engine fire
Crew: Jonathan Blakeston (Coxswain), Alistair Heane, Carl Beardmore, Dave Nicoll, Tom Bird, Sandy Procter
Location: 2 miles South of Pendennis Point
Shout Date: 11/08/2015 – 10:56
Weather:Variable 1, Calm Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny
At 10:51 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched following a Mayday distress call from the 8m Yacht Lochiall with two persons on board reporting an engine fire off Falmouth. Other vessels in the area also responded and the Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team were tasked to meet the yacht on its arrival alongside.
The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 10:56 and headed out of the harbour towards the original distress position which was to the east of Zone Point. It soon became apparent that the yacht was in fact two miles south of Pendennis Point so the lifeboat altered course to that location arriving on scene at 11:21. A number of vessels were standing by the yacht including a rigid inflatable safety boat from the Falmouth Regatta who had confirmed that the fire was believed to be out. A lifeboat crewman was placed on board the yacht to check the situation and assist with setting up a tow. At 11:29 the yacht was in tow back to Falmouth where it was safely berthed at the Port Pendennis Marina at 12:05, the lifeboat being released to return to its station.
The All Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth by 12:15 where the lifeboat was refuelled and was ready for service by 12:30.
The charter yacht had been crossing Falmouth Bay when its engine had suddenly stopped and there were indications of a potential fire in the engine compartment. The skipper of the yacht put out a Mayday broadcast left the engine compartment sealed and stood by to abandon the yacht if required. The engine compartment was eventually opened when the yacht was safely alongside the marina where it was found that the damaged was confined to the engine itself