Motorboat broken down

Date: Wednesday 20 May 2020

Location: Between Mylor and Falmouth Docks

Weather: S 2, Calm Sea and No Swell, Fair Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 21:07 / Returned 22:05) – Nick Head (Helmsman), Chris Simpson, Jack Williams, Jemima Henstridge-Blows


At 20:59 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a 999 call from a 6m motorboat reporting that it had broken down with four persons on board in the Carrick Roads somewhere between Mylor and Falmouth Docks. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 21:07 and headed up the Carrick Roads searching from Trefusis Point towards Mylor. There was no sign of the boat, so the Inshore Lifeboat was tasked to search the inner harbour but shortly after arriving back in the harbour the Coastguard confirmed they had managed to contact the first informant again and it appeared that the boat was further up the Carrick Roads near Restronguet Creek. The Inshore Lifeboat headed back up the Carrick Roads and at 21:29 located the boat off the Carick Carlys Rock. The boat was taken in tow back to the Grove Place Dinghy Park where it was safely moored at 22:01, the Inshore Lifeboat being then released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 22:05 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 22:40.

It appears that the boat had run out of fuel. It had no navigation lights or a VHF Radio, only one lifejacket between the four occupants and contained several empty alcohol containers. The Coastguard Rescue Team met the casualties on their arrival at the Dinghy Park and provided suitable safety advice.