Person reported in the water

Monday 23 January 2017

Location: Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth Inner Harbour

Weather: W 1, Calm Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Clear Periods

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 22:20 / Returned 22:58) – Neil Capper (Helmsman), Andy Jenkin, Tom Bird


At 22:15 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a report of a person in the water off the Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth Inner Harbour. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 22:20 and headed up the harbour arriving on scene at 22:24. The casualty was spotted in the water near the pier and was immediately recovered to the Inshore Lifeboat where she was found to be semi-conscious and clearly suffering from severe Hypothermia. The Inshore Lifeboat left the scene at 22:26 and headed back to the lifeboat station where the casualty was transferred using a stretcher to the wheel house of the All Weather Lifeboat at 22:29 where crew members trained in casualty care continued treating the casualty while awaiting the arrival of Ambulance Paramedics, the casualty then being transferred by ambulance to Treliske Hospital for further treatment.

The Inshore Lifeboat immediately returned to the Prince of Wales Pier where they carried out a search of the area in case any additional people were in the water. The Coastguard Rescue Team also assisted with the search. The search was terminated at 22:50 when further information indicated that there had only been one person involved so the Inshore Lifeboat and Coastguard Team were released to return to their stations.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 22:58 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 23:14.

The reason the casualty ended up in the water is unknown, but it is certain that without the quick response of the Inshore Lifeboat and the efforts of all the lifeboat crew involved both afloat and ashore supported by the members of the other emergency services this incident would have ended with a tragic outcome.