Car reported in the mud

Date: Sunday 3 December 2017

Location: Restronguet Creek

Weather: N 3, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 13:00 / Returned 13:30) – Neil Capper (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jamie Connoly


At 12:56 Falmouth Coastguard requested the launch of Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat following reports of a vehicle stuck in the mud at Restronguet Creek. The Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team, Fire Brigade and Ambulance were also tasked.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 13:00 and arrived on scene at Restronguet Creek at 13:07. It was quickly established that the car was in fact an amphibious vehicle and the lifeboat crew were able to communicate verbally with its two occupants who were happy to await the incoming tide so they could continue their journey. So at 13:20 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 13:30 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 13:50.

The amphibious vehicle had been exploring the creek when it had got stuck on the mud bank. The occupants were well experienced and had all the appropriate safety equipment. The first informants were right to report the incident and the level of response by the emergency services which included one inshore lifeboat, two coastguard vehicles plus mud rescue gear, two fire engines and two ambulances was also appropriate.