Inflatable Dinghy reported adrift

Crew: Jonathan Hackwell (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jake Ingleby
Location: Off the Falmouth Seafront
Shout Date: 19/08/2015 – 07:37
Weather: SW 3, Slight Sea and Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast with Showers

At 07:30 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a number of calls reporting an inflatable dinghy adrift 300m offshore from the Seafront between Gyllyngvase and Castle Beaches.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 07:37 and having rounded Pendennis Point arrived on scene off the seafront at 07:34. The inflatable dinghy was located on the shoreline at the base of the seawall close to Castle Beach. A crew member was put ashore to check the dinghy which was then recovered onto the inshore lifeboat. There was no sign of recent occupation with the outboard engine being in the raised position and cold, the seat and paddles were stored and the painter appeared frayed. Having checked the immediate area at 07:53 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station where the dinghy was transferred ashore at 08:15.

The Inshore Lifeboat was back on its slipway at 08:20 where it was refuelled, rehoused and ready for service by 08:35.

Both the Inshore and All Weather Lifeboats were launched half an hour later after reports were received of a body in the water off the seafront. See separate service reports.