Yacht which had dragged its anchor and fouled a nearby gaffer

Date: Friday 30 July 2021

Location: Falmouth Inner Harbour

Weather: SSW 7-8, Moderate Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Proceeded 00:14 / Returned 01:30) – Nick Head (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Tamara Brookes, Chris Simpson, Joe Amps


At 00:06 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched follow a call from a single handed 11m yacht which had dragged its anchor in the Falmouth Inner Harbour and had collided with an 9m Gaff Rigged vessel with two persons on board.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from its slipway at 00:14 and arrived alongside the two vessels at 00:18. Following an initial assessment of the situation the lifeboat returned to its station to change one of its crew before heading back out into the harbour to help separate the two vessels. Once they were cleared one of the lifeboat crew was placed on board to help the single-handed skipper in lifting his anchor. The yacht was then repositioned in the anchorage off Custom House Quay where its anchor was reset. The Inshore Lifeboat then went back to the Gaff Rigged yacht to check that it was holding before at 01:26 being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered on to its slipway at 01:30 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 01:55.

The yacht had started to drag its anchor when the wind started to pick up as Storm Evert hit the Cornwall. Having assisted in resetting the yachts anchor it successfully rode out the storm without any further issues.

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