Motor Boat broken down

Date: Saturday 1 May 2021

Location: 2 miles East of Porthmellin Head

Weather: N 3, Slight Sea and Slight Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Proceeded 11:25 / Returned 12:55) – Jamie Connolly (Helmsman), Cadan Harris, Lloyd Barron, Jemima Henstridge-Blows


At 11:18 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a call from a 6m Motor Boat with three people on board which had suffered engine failure, 2 miles East of Porthmellin Head.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 11:25 and having rounded Zone Point headed up to the east arriving on scene at 11:38. With no other vessels available to assist it was decided that the Inshore Lifeboat should take the vessel in tow so at 11:45 the tow back to Falmouth commenced. Once in Falmouth Inner Harbour the boat was taken to Port Pendennis Marina where it was safely secured at 12:50, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 12:55 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 13:10.

The vessel had contacted the coastguard when its engine had failed. Despite the Coastguard issuing a Pan Broadcast requesting assistance from other vessels in the area, none came forward, so the Inshore Lifeboat was requested to launch. The vessel was towed to the nearest safe haven where the owner could arrange for repairs to be carried out. Suitable safety advice was also given.

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