Rigid Inflatable broken down on a lee shore

Saturday 22 October 2016

Location: Off Greatwood in the Carrick Roads

Weather: E 5, Moderate Sea and Slight Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny Periods

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 11:40 / Returned 12:29) – Nick Head (Helmsman), Claire Angove, Jamie Wakefield


At 11:32 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a VHF call from a 6m Rigid Inflatable reporting that it had broken down close to the shoreline at Greatwood in the Carrick Roads. The single occupant had deployed the boats anchor as it was on a lee shore and attempts by the coastguard to find any nearby vessel to assist had failed.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 11:40 and arrived on scene at 11:47. The Rigid Inflatable was within 3m of the shore line and in a water depth of only 1m. A line was attached to the casualty and it was pulled clear of the shore and out into deeper water before it was taken in tow to the pontoons at Mylor Yacht Harbour where it was safely secured at 12:13, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 12:29 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 13:00.

The rigid inflatable had been taken out into the Carrick Roads to charge its battery when the engine had failed. The owner was very grateful for the assistance he was given.