Cries for help

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017

Location: Helford Passage, Helford River

Weather: SW 5, Slight Sea and No Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 17:55 / Returned 19:00) – Neil Capper (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Sandy Procter


At 17:47 Falmouth Coastguard requested the launch of Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat following reports of a person shouting for assistance off the Ferry Boat Inn at Helford Passage. The Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 17:55 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across the Falmouth Bay arriving in the Helford River at 18:10. The Coastguard Cliff Team had located the casualty and their dinghy on the rocks to the west side of the shore off the Ferry Boat Inn. The Inshore Lifeboat towed the casualty clear of the rocks and took her back to her yacht which was moored further out in the river. The casualty was cold and shocked but once it was confirmed that no further medical assistance was required the Inshore Lifeboat was released at 18:35 to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 19:00 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 19:14.

The single occupant of the dinghy had been returning to her yacht from the shore when she got caught out by the prevailing conditions. Luckily her cries were heard from the shore and assistance was given. The casualty had not been wearing a lifejacket or suitable protective clothing so she was very fortunate that the casualty was found when she was.