Report of dinghy adrift

Date: Thursday 27 August 2020

Location: Upstream from Greenbank Quay, Penryn River

Weather: SW 5, Slight Sea and No Swell, Poor Visibility, Overcast with Heavy Rain

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 11:22/ Returned 11:54) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tamara Brookes, Tamsin Mulcahy, Lloyd Barron


At 11:08 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports of a dinghy adrift with its engine down in the Penryn River above Greenbank Quay. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 11:22 and headed up the Inner Harbour arriving off the Greenbank Quay at the start of the Penryn River and at 11:33 the dinghy was located on the shoreline close to Coastlines Wharf. A lifeboat crewmember was placed ashore to check for any recent occupancy. With the engine being cold and no signs of anyone having been on board, the dinghy was recovered from the shoreline at 11:42 and towed back to the lifeboat station where it was safely secured to the station’s pontoon at 11:50.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 11:54 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 12:32.

Later in the afternoon the owner visited the station and was reunited with their 3m rigid inflatable dinghy, thanking the crew for its safe recovery.

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