Windsurfer in difficulties

Sunday 23 October 2016

Location: Off Helford Passage

Weather: ENE 7-8, Rough Sea and Large Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast with squally showers

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 13:41 / Returned 13:55) – Diane Bush (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jake Ingleby


At 13:32 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports of a windsurfer clinging to a mooring buoy off Helford Passage.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 13:41 and headed out of the harbour but at 13:45 as it was approaching Pendennis Point the Coastguard advised that the windsurfer had managed to make it ashore and the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 13:55 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 14:10.

The windsurfer is believed to suffered gear failure but managed to get ashore unaided.