Motorboat with Engine Failure

Date: Sunday 19 July 2020

Location: 0.3 miles South of Porthmellin Head

Weather: N 3-4, Slight Sea and No Swell, Excellent Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 11:12 / Returned 12:04) – Neil Capper (Helmsman), Tamara Brookes, Tamsin Mulcahy, Chris Simpson


At 11:05 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a DSC distress call from a 6m Motorboat which was believed to have suffered engine failure.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 11:12 and having rounded Zone Point headed up to the east towards Porthmellin Head. At 11:24 the boat with two persons on board was located underway heading back towards Zone Point. The boat was escorted back to St Mawes Harbour where at 11:55 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 12:04 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 12:35.

The Coastguard had issued a Mayday Relay broadcast but with no vessels in the immediate vicinity and no direct contact with the vessel it was decided to launch the Inshore Lifeboat. The exact nature of the distress was not established but all on board the motorboat appeared fine. This was the third service for the Inshore Lifeboat in under 12 hours.

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