Yacht Wahoo with a fouled propeller

Sunday 31 July 2016

Location: 1½ miles South West of Pendennis Point

Weather: NW 3, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny Periods

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 16:45 / Returned 17:35) – Elliot Holman (Helmsman), Josh Beardmore, Jake Ingleby


At 16:39 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist the 8.5m yacht Wahoo which had reported fouling its propeller and being stuck on a fishing pot marker 1½ miles South West of Pendennis Point.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 16:45 and arrived on scene at 16:52. A lifeboat crew member was put on board the yacht to assess the situation and using a weighted line which was hauled under the yacht keel the crew were able to recover the pot line so it could then be freed. Once the yacht was free it was confirmed that there was no damage to the propeller or rudder before the lifeboat crewman was recovered and the yacht was escorted back into Falmouth Harbour. At 17:22 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 17:35 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:48.

The yacht which had four people on board had tried to free the obstruction but when this proved impossible so had called the coastguard to request assistance, being very grateful for the assistance they were given.