Sailing Dinghy being blown onto rocks

Date: Friday 10 July 2020

Location: Between St Anthony Lighthouse and Little Molunan

Weather: NW 4, Slight Sea and Swell, Excellent Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 12:35 / Returned 13:39) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tamara Brookes,  Andy Edwards, Lloyd Barron


At 12:28 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist a 4.8m sailing dinghy with three people and a dog onboard which had suffered engine failure and was in danger of being blown onto the rocks between Little Molunan Beach and Shag Rock below St Anthony Lighthouse.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 12:35 and having rounded the docks was advised by the Coastguard that the boat was now on the rocks. The Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene at 12:42, locating the boat in one of the rock gullies near Shag Rock. A lifeboat crew member was placed ashore to assist in moving the vessel to a location where it could be towed clear of the shore. Once refloated the boat and its occupants were towed to St Mawes Harbour where at 13:26 the tow was handed over to a boat from the local sailing club, the Inshore Lifeboat then being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 13:39 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 14:00.

The sailing dinghy was close to the shore between St Anthony Lighthouse and Little Molunan Beach when its outboard had failed and was therefore unable to sail clear so ended up on the rocks.

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