Motor Boat broken down close to shore

Date: Sunday 2 May 2021

Location: Gull Rock, Veryan Bay

Weather: SW 1-2, Slight Sea and Slight Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Proceeded 13:44 / Returned 15:40) – Jamie Connolly (Helmsman), Jonathan Hackwell, Adam West, Tamara Brookes


At 13:39 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a call from a 6m Motor Boat with four people on board which had suffered engine failure near Gull Rock in Veryan Bay.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 13:44 and having rounded Zone Point headed up to the east arriving on scene at 14:03. The vessel was located close to Nare Head and a line was passed to the vessel with the tow back to Falmouth commencing at 14:07. Once in Falmouth Inner Harbour the boat was taken to Port Pendennis Marina where it was safely secured at 15:32, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 15:40 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 16:00.

The vessel had contacted the coastguard using a mobile phone when its engine had failed. The Coastguard issued a Pan Broadcast requesting assistance from other vessels in the area, one yacht responded and proceeded to standby the vessel until the Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene. The vessel was towed to the nearest safe haven where the owner could arrange for repairs to be carried out. Suitable safety advice was also given, especially as the same vessel had been involved in an earlier incident where its radio had accidently issued a DSC alert.

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