Capsized Dinghy with people in the water

Date: Thursday 27 July 2017

Location: Off Swanpool Beach

Weather: NW 4, Slight Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny Periods

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 13:53 / Returned 14:25) – Luke Wills (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jamie Wakefield


At 13:49 Falmouth Coastguard requested the launch of Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat following reports of a capsized dinghy with people in the water off Swanpool Beach.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 13:53 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across the bay to Swanpool arriving on scene at 14:01. The dinghy was located off the beach and the six children were transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat before the dinghy with an adult on board was towed back to Swanpool Beach where the dinghy and its occupants were safely placed ashore at 14:11, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 14:25 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 14:40.

The dinghy which belonged to the local sailing school had capsized a number of times but all on board were fine. The members of the public who reported this incident did the right thing as the scenario could have easily been totally different.