Rigid Inflatable broken down

Date: Monday 30 August 2021

Location: Mouth of Helford Estuary

Weather: ENE 3, Slight Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 16:31 / Retasked 17:50) – Sandy Procter (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Tamara Brookes


At 16:24 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports of a 5.5 metre Rigid Inflatable with three people on board, which had broken down off the entrance to the Helford Estuary.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from its slipway at 16:31 and, having rounded Pendennis Point, headed across the bay arriving on scene at 16:45. A tow line was passed to the vessel, and it was towed back to Mylor Harbour where it was safely secured at 17:41, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

At 17:50 as the Inshore Lifeboat was passing Trefusis Point it witnessed a yacht in danger of colliding with other moored vessels so was tasked to assist.

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