Report of a body found in a dinghy

Saturday 19 March 2016

Location: Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth Inner Harbour

Weather: NNE 3, Slight Sea and No Swell, Fair Visibility, Sunny Periods

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 07:20 / Returned 08:50) – Neil Capper (Helmsman), Elliot Holman, Tom Bird


At 07:14 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a report from the Devon & Cornwall Police of a body in a dinghy off the Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth Inner Harbour. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team, Police Units and Ambulance Paramedics were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 07:20 and headed up the harbour to Prince of Wales Pier arriving on scene at 07:24. The Inshore Lifeboat was initially tasked to carry out a search of the shoreline from Greenbank Quay to the pier and then on to Custom House Quay, before searching the shoreline from Kiln Quay to Little Falmouth in Flushing. Once completed the Inshore Lifeboat then returned to the pier where they assisted the Coastguard Team and Police in the recovery of the body. At 08:40 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 08:50, being refuelled and ready for service by 09:00.

The casualty has been confirmed by the police to be a local man and the thoughts of the lifeboat crew are with his family and friends.

Link to Coastguard Team report