Motorboat broken down on lee shore

Date: Monday 11 January 2021

Location: North of Messack Point, Carrick Roads

Weather: W 5-6, Slight Sea and Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast with Showers

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 16:07 / Returned 17:12) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Jack Williams, Wendy Rabett, Lloyd Barron


At 15:54 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist a 6.5m Motorboat with one person on board which had broken down in the Carrick Roads, half a mile north of Messack Point.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 16:07 and headed up the Carrick Roads arriving on scene at 16:18. A tow line was passed to the vessel and once its anchor had been recovered it was towed back to the Falmouth Yacht Haven where it was safely moored at 17:08, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 17:12 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:30.

The skipper of the motorboat which was on a lee shore had deployed the boats anchor after its engine failed and had contacted the Coastguard for assistance. As there were no other vessels in the vicinity and fading daylight the Inshore Lifeboat was launched to assist. The skipper was grateful for the help received.

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