Person in the Water

Date: Friday 20 August 2021

Location: Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth Inner Harbour

Weather: SW 1, Calm Sea and No Swell, Excellent Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Proceeded 02:03/ Returned 02:55) – Elliot Holman (Helmsman), Jamie Wakefield, Tamara Brookes, Wendy Rabett


At 01:59 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports of a person in the water off the Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth Inner Harbour. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and Police were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from its slipway at 02:03 and headed up the harbour arriving on scene at 02:07. Members of the Coastguard Team and a passer-by had been able to talk the person out of the water onto the steps of the pier. The Inshore Lifeboat stood by off the pier to provide assistance if required. The casualty was recovered to the pier, where their condition deteriorated so Ambulance Paramedics were requested. With the safely ashore at 02:49 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered on to its slipway at 02:55 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 03:10.

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