Report of an unmanned dinghy

Thursday 18 August 2016

Location: Off Pill Creek in the Carrick Roads

Weather: N 1, Calm Sea and No Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 11:40 / Returned 12:08) – Jonathan Hackwell (Helmsman), Tom Telford, Jamie Wakefield


At 11:33 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a report from an Enterprise Ferry of an unmanned inflatable dinghy off the Pill Creek in the Carrick Roads. The ferry was unable to get close enough to check the dinghy for recent occupation.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 11:40 and having headed up the Carrick Roads arriving on scene at 11:47. While investigating the inflatable dinghy its owner arrived on scene and confirmed that all was well so at 11:52 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 12:08 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 12:21.

It was explained by the dinghy’s owner that due to the light winds he had towed the sailing dinghy out into the Carrick Roads so that he could give a sailing lesson, anchoring the inflatable nearby. He was very apologetic for any inconvenience caused for what turned out to be a false alarm with good intent.