Vessel with engine failure

Date: Wednesday 2 June 2021

Location: 2 miles East Maenporth Beach

Weather: S 3, Slight Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 14:30 / Returned 15:25) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Cadan Harris, Lloyd Barron


At 14:25 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist a 4m vessel with three persons on board which had suffered engine failure two miles East of Maenporth Beach. A rigid inflatable was standing by the vessel but was unable to tow it.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 14:30 and having rounded Pendennis Point across Falmouth Bay arriving on scene at 14:50. The three casualties were transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat before a tow line was connected. The vessel was towed back into Falmouth where it was safely moored at the Port Pendennis Marina at 15:20, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 15:25 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 15:40.

The occupants of the vessel had contacted the Coastguard when they had suffered engine failure. A Rigid Inflatable stood by the vessel but with no commercial tow available the Inshore Lifeboat was tasked to assist and towed the vessel back into Falmouth.

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