Yacht acting erratically

Date: Thursday 3 October 2019

Location: Ponsharden, Penryn River

Weather: S 6, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 09:52 / Returned 10:35) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Andy Edwards, James Murray


At 09:43 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports of a yacht acting erratically off Ponsharden in the Penryn River. The Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 09:52 and headed up the harbour and into the Penryn River arriving on scene at 10:04. The 7m yacht was located aground with one person on board and having a bilge keel and the tide ebbing the skipper was happy to remain on board and await the next tide. The Inshore Lifeboat assisted in deploying an anchor into deeper water to help refloat the vessel on the next tide. At 10:15 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 10:35 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 10:45.