Yacht dragging its anchor

Date: Thursday 17 September 2020

Location: St Mawes Harbour

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

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 05:15 / Returned 05:54) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Tamara Brookes, Jack Williams


At 05:06 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a Mayday call from a 11m yacht with two persons on board which was dragging its anchor near St Mawes Harbour.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 05:15 and located the yacht off Tavern Beach at 05:23. Once on scene it was found that the skipper of the yacht had managed to pick up the pennant of a nearby mooring which had helped to stop it from dragging ashore. The Inshore Lifeboat helped to take the weight of the yacht while its crew secured it to the adjacent mooring. Once the skipper confirmed he was happy with the situation the Inshore Lifeboat was at 05:42 released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 05:54 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 06:06.

The skipper of the yacht had issued a Mayday when it had started dragging its anchor towards the shore and its engine had failed to start. Luckily the yachts crew had managed to pick up the pennant from a nearby mooring but with the yachts anchor still deployed it was decided that the best option was for the Inshore Lifeboat to assist in securing the yacht to the mooring so that the skipper could arrange for recovery in daylight. The occupants of the yacht were very grateful for the assistance given and had been clearly shaken by the situation.

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