Person reported overdue while coasteering

Friday 6 May 2016

Location: Between Gyllyngvase and Maenporth

Weather: E 4, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Clear Sky

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 22:38 / Returned 23:08) – Elliot Holman (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jamie Connoly

All-weather lifeboat (Launched 22:40 / Returned 23:12) – John Blakeston(Coxswain), Luke Wills, Dave Nicoll, Diane Bush, Andy Jenkin, Jonathan Hackwell, Neil Capper, Jake Ingleby


At 22:32 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather and Inshore Lifeboats be launched following a 999 call reporting a person overdue having been coasteering between Gyllyngvase and Maenporth. The Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams from Falmouth and Porthoustock were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 22:38 and on arriving at Pendennis Point at 22:45 commenced a search of the coastline towards Gyllyngvase. The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 22:40 and headed across the bay towards Rosemullion Head to commence its search back towards Gyllyngvase. At 22:55 as the All Weather Lifeboat was approaching Rosemullion the Coastguard reported that the missing person had returned home safely so all units were released to return to their stations.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 23:08 and the All Weather Lifeboat arrived back alongside its pontoon berth at 23:12, where both lifeboats were refuelled and ready for service by 23:25.

The casualty who had been wearing a wetsuit often uses the coastline between Pendennis Point and the Helford to do Coasteering, before returning along the coast path. When she did not return at the expected time her partner had very wisely raised the alarm. The Coastguard Team spoke to the casualty and gave her some additional safety advice.