Yacht in danger of drifting ashore

Date: Tuesday 19 May 2020

Location: Penarrow Point, Carrick Roads

Weather: W 2, Calm Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 15:44 / Returned 16:19) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Tamara Brookes, Lloyd Barron


At 15:36 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a call from a 9m single handed yacht reporting it had suffered engine failure and was drifting onto Penarrow Point in the Carrick Roads. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Teams were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 15:44 and headed out of the Inner Harbour and up the Carrick Roads towards Penarrow Point. At 15:47 the yacht was located underway between Trefusis Point and Penarrow Point, having managed to get its engine going, so it was agreed that the Inshore Lifeboat would escort the yacht to its berth in Falmouth Marina in the Penryn River. While passing Trefusis Point its engine failed again so the yacht was taken in tow by the Inshore Lifeboat. At 16:09 as the boats entered the Penryn River the tow was handed over to the Marina Workboat, the Inshore Lifeboat being then released to return to its station. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team which had initially gone to Mylor Harbour, relocated to Falmouth Marina to meet the casualty.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 16:19 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 16:30.

The yacht is believed to have been on passage from Mylor to Falmouth Marina when its engine had failed. Being close to the rocks of Penarrow Point with limited wind to sail by the skipper had requested assistance.