Motorboat Ellihaye aground on rocks

Date: Sunday 6 May 2018

Location: August Rock, Mouth of Helford Estuary

Weather: Var 2, Calm Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 16:50 / Returned 18:57) – Jonathan Blakeston (Coxswain), Dave Nicoll, Tom Bird, Andy Jenkin, Jonathan Hackwell, Jamie Connoly, Dan Lilley


At 16:41 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to assist the 16.5m Motorboat Ellihaye which had run aground on August Rock at the entrance to the Helford Estuary. The vessel had four people and two dogs on board. Other vessels in the area were standing by the vessel.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 16:50 and after rounding Pendennis Point headed across Falmouth Bay arriving on scene at 17:08. The lifeboats inflatable Y-Boat was launched and two lifeboat crew proceeded to the vessel to assess the situation. It was soon confirmed that there were no injuries on board and there was no sign of any water ingress. With a rising tide a tow line was passed to the vessel using the Y-Boat and at 17:36 she was refloated and towed into deeper water where further checks were made before it was towed back to Falmouth where it was safely berthed at Port Pendennis Marina at 18:50. The Lifeboat was then released to return to its station.

The All Weather Lifeboat arrived back alongside its pontoon berth at 18:57 where it was refuelled and ready for service by 19:15.

The Motorboat had been heading to the Helford from Falmouth when it had run aground. While there was no water ingress it was decided to tow the vessel back to Falmouth so that a diver could inspect the hull, rudders and propellers for any damage.