Yacht Venetian requiring assistance

Crew: Luke Wills (Coxswain), Dave Nicoll, Tom Bird, Jonathan Hackwell, Claire Angove, Derren Plaister, Jack Chuter
Location: Off Tolverne in the River Fal
Shout Date: 21/06/2015 – 19:27
Weather:NW 1, Calm Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy

At 19:20 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to assist the 43ft yacht Venetian with two persons and dogs on board which was concerned that it might start take on water after its propeller shaft had sheered while it was off Tolverne in the River Fal.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 19:27 and headed up the Carrick Roads arriving on scene at 20:02. Two lifeboat crewmembers were put on board the yacht to assess the situation and to secure the vessels shaft. Once this had been done the yacht was secured alongside the lifeboat and a salvage pump was setup on the yacht in case of any water ingress when the yacht was moved down river. Once the yachts anchor had been recovered the yacht was towed down river to Mylor Harbour where it was safely berthed alongside the harbour pontoon at 21:05. The lifeboat was then released to return to its station.

The All Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth by 21:35 where the lifeboat was refuelled and was ready for service by 21:50.

The yacht had been exploring the upper reaches of the River Fal and Truro River when its shaft had sheered. The yacht advised the coastguard and then dropped its anchor to await assistance. Although the yacht was not in any immediate danger there was a concern that should the shaft become detached from the boat it would cause the vessel to take on water so putting its occupants at risk