Search for missing yachtsman

Friday 9 October 2015

Location: Mylor Harbour

Weather: E 2, Calm Sea and Slight Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 18:55 / Returned 19:35) – Claire Angove (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jonathan Hackwell

All-weather lifeboat (Launched 19:20 / Returned 19:30) – John Blakeston (Coxswain), Luke Wills, Dave Nicoll, Andy Jenkin, Sandy Procter, Adam West, Nick Head, Jake Ingleby


At 18:48 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth inshore lifeboat be launched following a report of a possible missing yachtsman at Mylor Harbour. The Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The inshore lifeboat launched from her slipway at 18:55 and headed up the Carrick Roads arriving on scene at Mylor Harbour at 19:02. The inshore lifeboat located the first informant who helped to identify the yacht which the yachtsman was believed to be missing from. At 19:10 the inshore lifeboat confirmed that the yacht was unoccupied and commenced a search of the immediate area, while with failing light also requesting the launch of the all-weather lifeboat to assist in the search.

The all-weather lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 19:20 and was approaching Trefusis Point when at 19:24 it was confirmed that the missing yachtsman had been located safe and well ashore. Both lifeboats were therefore released to return to their station.

The all-weather lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth by 19:30, while the inshore lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 19:35, both lifeboats being refuelled and ready for service by 19:50.

The yachtsman had been seen to go out to his yacht which had later been found to be left open with no one on board so the alarm was raised. Following enquiries the missing person had been located safe and well at home. Although this turned out to be a false alarm, the first informant had certainly made the correct call in reporting their concerns to the coastguard, as had the yachtsman been in the water any delay would have been critical especially with the failing light.