Medical Evacuation from Merchant Tanker Seaturbot

Date: Saturday 8 February 2020

Location: 3 miles South of Pendennis Point

Weather: SW 7, Moderate Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 14:10 / Returned 15:02) – Jonathon Blakeston (Coxswain), Dave Nicoll, Andy Jenkin, Tamara Brookes, Chris Simpson, Caden Harris, Jemima Henstridge-Blows


At 14:00 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to carry out the medical evacuation of the master of the German Merchant Tanker Seaturbot in Falmouth Bay.

The All-Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 14:10 and headed out into Falmouth Bay. The tanker had anchored in a position 3 miles South of Pendennis Point and was using its engine to provide a lee for the lifeboat.  The lifeboat arrived on scene at 14:30 and having gone alongside the vessels starboard side the casualty who was able to walk made his way down the ships ladder to the lifeboat. Once safely on board at 14:30 the lifeboat headed back towards Falmouth.

The All-Weather Lifeboat arrived back alongside its temporary pontoon berth at Port Pendennis Marina at 15:02. The casualty was taken to the lifeboat station before being transported to Treliske Hospital. The lifeboat was made ready for service again by 15:15.

The 178m (21,353 GRT) tanker had been transiting the English Channel when its master had been taken ill, so the vessel had radioed the coastguard for medical advice. The shore-based doctor advised that the master should be landed ashore for treatment, so the ship diverted to Falmouth Bay where the coastguard arranged for the lifeboat to meet it.