Cabin boat adrift

Date: Sunday 30 August 2020

Location: Off Kiln Quay, Falmouth Inner Harbour

Weather: NE 2, Slight Sea and No Swell, Excellent Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 11:15 / Returned 11:56) – Jamie Connolly (Helmsman), Andy Edwards, Chris Simpson, Jemima Henstridge-Blows


At 11:11 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a report of a cabin boat adrift off Kiln Quay in Falmouth Inner Harbour. The first informant reported that the outboard engine was down, and the kill cord was in place raising concerns that someone might be in the water. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 11:15 and headed across the Inner Harbour arriving on scene in the moorings between Kiln Quay and Flushing at 11:18. Having carried out an initial check of the cabin boat, the Inshore Lifeboat was then tasked to commence a search from Falmouth Inner Harbour to Penarrow Point in the Carrick Roads. The Coastguard Team went to Trefusis Point to carry out a visual check from the high ground.

The Coastguard meanwhile were carrying out checks to try and identify the owner and their safety. At 11:36 they were able to confirm the mooring that was associated with the boat’s owner, so the Inshore Lifeboat was diverted to check this mooring which was found to be empty. At 11:39 it was confirmed that the owner was safe and well, so the Inshore Lifeboat placed the cabin boat back on its mooring before at 11:50 being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 11:56 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 12:15.

The owner of the cabin boat was afloat racing on his other boat and confirmed that the boat had been used earlier and had been left on the mooring. The first informant had done the right thing in notifying the Coastguard as things could have been totally different with potentially a person in the water.

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