Report of Catamaran Meercat adrift

Date: Sunday 18 June 2017

Location: Off Killigeran Head

Weather: S 1, Calm Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 16:00 / Returned 17:49) – Jonathan Hackwell (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jake Ingleby


At 15:56 Falmouth Coastguard requested the launch of Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat to investigate a drifting Catamaran Meercat which had been located off Killigeran Head.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 16:00 and having rounded Zone Point headed East arriving off Killigeran Head at 16:12. The vessel was unmanned and its anchor had been deployed, but there were no clues as to why it was off Killigeran Head or where its occupants were. A search of the area was commenced and the Portscatho Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist with the search. Information obtained from other people in the area indicated that the vessel had been in the area from 10:30. As the Inshore Lifeboat continued to carry out the search its owner returned at 13:40 and once the situation had been clarified at 17:35 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 17:49 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 18:00.

The owner explained that they had been struggling to sail back to St Mawes and had therefore dropped its anchor and had headed back to St Mawes in the accompanying boat. Due to engine problems it had taken longer than expected to return with a boat to tow the catamaran back to St Mawes. They were apologetic for any concern that had been raised.