Yacht requiring assistance

Date: Tuesday 10 September 2019

Location: Off Porthoustock, Falmouth Bay

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

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 06:21 / Returned 09:25) – Nick Head  (Helmsman), Jamie Wakefield, Tamsin Mulcahy, Chris Simpson


At 06:09 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist a 12m yacht with five people on board which had engine problems and required assistance into the Harbour. The yacht was initially reported to be off Porthoustock sailing towards the entrance to Falmouth.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 06:21 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed out across Falmouth Bay. It soon became apparent that the yacht was not off Porthoustock but instead was five miles East of Black Head. The Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene at 06:53 and having assessed the situation decided given the light northerly wind that the best option was to take the yacht in tow. By 06:58 the tow line was connected and the slow tow back to Falmouth commenced. The yacht was eventually berthed at the Port Pendennis Marina at 09:19, the Inshore Lifeboat then being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 09:25 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 10:00.

The yacht had been on passage and had spent the previous 24 hours tacking up wind off the Lizard trying to make way towards Falmouth. On investigation the reason for the engine failure had been the loss of the yacht’s propeller.