Small boat taking water

Date: Saturday 17 April 2021

Location: Off Mylor Harbour, Carrick Roads

Weather: E 2-3, Slight Sea and Swell, Excellent Visibility, Clear Sky

Inshore lifeboat: (Proceeded 18:25 / Returned 19:05) – Neil Capper (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Tamara Brookes, Jemima Henstridge-Blows


At 18:15 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a call from a small boat with two persons on board which reported taking water while in the Carrick Roads off Mylor Harbour. A nearby yacht responded to the Coastguards call on VHF and proceeded to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 18:25 and headed up the Carrick Roads arriving on scene at 18:31. Two volunteer lifeboat crew were placed on board the boat and quickly confirmed that the water ingress was under control and the boats bilge pump was reducing the water level. The boat was secured alongside the Inshore Lifeboat and the vessel was towed to the slipway in Mylor Harbour where it was safely moored at 18:50, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 19:05 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 19:20.

The ingress of water is believed to have been associated with the engine and ceased when it was turned off. The yacht had stood by the boat until the arrival of the Inshore Lifeboat.

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