Report of boat adrift

Date: Thursday 25 June 2020

Location: Off Porthoustock

Weather: ESE 1, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy with Occasional Rain

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 10:41 / Returned 12:10) – Neil Capper (Helmsman), Tamara Brookes, Caden Harris, Lloyd Barron


At 10:33 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports of a boat adrift off Porthoustock. The Porthoustock Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 10:41 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across Falmouth Bay to the initial position given off Porthoustock. A search commenced to locate the boat which was found at 11:05 just under a mile to the east of Porthoustock under tow by another vessel. The drifting boat was found to be a 3.5m Rigid Inflatable, its outboard was raised but its kill cord was still attached and there was a lifejacket onboard. The Inshore Lifeboat took over the tow taking the vessel to Porthoustock where it was handed into the care of the coastguard team

The Inshore Lifeboat was then tasked at 11:35 to carry out a shoreline search from the Manacles to Nare Point looking for a potential person in the water. At 11:54 the coastguard confirmed that the boat had gone missing from the Helford, so the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 12:10 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 12:30.

It turned out that the owner of the boat had been searching the Helford River for his boat unaware that it had in fact drifted out into Falmouth Bay and down the coast towards the Manacles. The assistance of the passing boat which had initially taken the boat in tow was very much appreciated.