Multiple people in water from Capsized Dory

Date: Saturday 14 November 2020

Location: Off Summers Beach, St Mawes

Weather: SW 6-7, Moderate Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 16:25 / Returned 16:59) – Neil Capper (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Tamara Brookes, Tamsin Mulcahy


At 16:17 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports of six people in the water from a capsized Dory off Summers Beach, St Mawes. The Portscatho Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 16:25 arrived off St Mawes at 16:31. It was soon confirmed that the six occupants had managed to make the safety of the shore while their capsized dory had been washed up against the sea wall. The Coastguard Team checked that the occupants did not need any medical attention, they were found to be cold but not requiring any further assistance and they arranged their own transport to take them home. It was considered too risky to attempt to recover the Dory so at 16:47 both the Inshore Lifeboat and Coastguard Team were released to return to their stations.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 16:59 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:15.

The six occupants of the Dory from Place Manor had gone across to St Mawes for essential goods and were on their way back when their boat got swamped leaving them in the water. It is believed that none of them were wearing lifejackets but thankfully they managed to make it to the shore despite the poor sea conditions. They were given safety advise by the Coastguard Team as the outcome of this incident could so easily have had a tragic ending.

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