Yacht dragging its anchor

Monday 1 August 2016

Location: Off Trefusis Point

Weather: SW 6, Moderate Sea and Slight Swell, Poor Visibility, Overcast with Rain

Inshore lifeboat (Tasked 15:32 / Returned 16:45) – Claire Angove (Helmsman), Tom Telford, Jamie Wakefield


Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat on completion of its service to three missing divers off Coverack was re-tasked at 15:32 to assist a yacht dragging its anchor off Trefusis Point in Falmouth Harbour. Other vessels were standing by the yacht but were unable to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene at 16:00 and put a lifeboat crewman on board to assist the single handed skipper with setting up the tow and recovery of the anchor. The yacht was towed to one of the visitor’s moorings in the harbour where it was safely secured at 16:35, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 16:45 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:09.

The 10m yacht which had been anchored off Trefusis Point for a couple of days had started to drag its anchor when the weather had picked up. The yacht was unable to start its engine as its batteries were flat and had not been recharged due to the overcast conditions.