Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert

Date: Friday 11 September 2020

Location: Falmouth Harbour

Weather: S 2-3, Calm Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 08:32 / Returned 09:03) – Jamie Connolly (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Tamara Brookes, Lloyd Barron


At 08:21 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a distress alert from an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) with reported positions in both Falmouth Harbour and the Penryn River. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 08:32 and was requested to proceed to a mooring in the Inner Harbour where it was believed the yacht which the beacon was registered to had been moored. At 08:40 the yacht was located on the mooring and it was confirmed that it was unoccupied and secure. Falmouth Coastguard managed to contact the yachts owner who gave permission for the lifeboat crew to enter the yacht where they located the beacon. The yacht was secured and at 08:58 the Inshore Lifeboat headed back to its station with the beacon which was handed into the care of the Coastguard Rescue Team.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 09:03 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 09:20.

The beacon had self-activated and had been picked up by the satellite system with the alert being passed to Falmouth Coastguard. It had proved impossible to deactivate the beacon, so it was handed over to the Coastguard to sort.

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