Person reported in the water

Thursday 28 January 2016

Location: Garras Wharf, Truro

Weather: W 1, Calm Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 07:17 / Returned 10:40) – Elliot Holman (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jake Ingleby


At 07:11 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist in the search for a person believed to be in the water at Garras Wharf in Truro. Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team, the Coastguard Helicopter, Cornwall Fire & Rescue Water Rescue Team and Ambulance Paramedics were also tasked to assist the Police with the search.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 07:17 and headed up the Carrick Roads, River Fal and then the Truro River arriving on scene at Garras Wharf at 07:37. A search of the river between Phoenix and Garras Wharfs was commenced working alongside the Fire Brigade Inflatable and shore parties. The ebbing tide meant that at 10:02 the Inshore Lifeboat was unable to continue its search and was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 10:40, being refuelled and ready for service by 11:00.

The police had originally responded to reports of a person in the water and once on scene had been rescued a person using a throw line, who had then been taken to hospital. Several people had reported that another person had also been seen to enter the water but had not been seen to exit the water. No sign of this second person was found despite the major search which was eventually scaled down in the early afternoon. This was an excellent example of a multi-agency operation involving all the emergency services along with additional assistance of the Truro Harbour Master and his staff.

Link to Coastguard Team report