RNLB Robina Nixon Chard

Windsurfers Reported in Difficulties

Date: Saturday 31 August 2019

Location: Off St Mawes Castle

Weather: SW 4-5, Moderate Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 17:12 / Returned 17:48) – Jamie Connolly (Helmsman), Tamsin Mulcahy, Chris Simpson, Joe Amps


At 17:05 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a call from a yacht reporting two windsurfers in difficulties off St Mawes Castle.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 17:12 and headed across the Carrick Roads arriving on scene off St Mawes Castle at 17:19. One of the windsurfers had been taken on board the yacht while the other one had managed to make their own way ashore. A sailing club Rigid Inflatable, which was also on scene, transferred the windsurfer back to the shore. A lifeboat crew member was landed ashore to confirm that no medical assistance was required, and safety advise was also given before the crewmember was recovered at 17:40, the Inshore Lifeboat then being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 17:48 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:55.

The windsurfers, a father and son had got into difficulties due to the prevailing weather conditions.