Report of two persons in difficulties

Date: Friday 27 April 2018

Location: Off Swanpool Beach

Weather: NNE 5, Slight Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 18:46 / Returned 19:28) – Thomas Telford (Helmsman), Adam West, Tamsin Mulcahy


At 18:41 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a report of two swimmers in difficulties in the water off Swanpool Beach. The Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 18:46 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed for Swanpool Beach arriving on scene at 18:53. With the help of the Coastguard Team the first informant was able to guide the Inshore Lifeboat to the location where it was believed the swimmers had been seen. It was soon established that the objects observed were in fact two marker buoys so at 19:05 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 19:28 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 19:40.

While this proved to be a false alarm the Inshore Lifeboat crew confirmed that the two marker buoys were of a similar size to a human head and their light colour meant they could be easily mistaken for a person in the water.