Yacht Stpela aground

Date: Thursday 31 May 2018

Location: Turnaware Point, River Fal

Weather: E 2, Calm Sea and No Swell, Poor Visibility, Overcast with Fog

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 11:30 / Returned 12:42) – Thomas Telford (Helmsman), Sandy Procter, Andy Edwards


At 11:21 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports of a 13m yacht with two people on board aground on Turnaware Bar. There was concern with the tide still ebbing that the yacht might heal over and take on water. The Truro Harbour Masters launch was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 11:30 and headed up the Carrick Roads arriving on scene off Turnaware at 11:41. It was clear that the yacht was hard aground and would have to wait for the tide to turn. The skipper of the yacht was happy with the way in which the vessel was settling on the bar and having assisted with the laying of the yachts anchor, at 12:29 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 12:42 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 13:10.

The yacht had been trying to assist a small dinghy which had been stemming the tide when it had itself run aground on the Turnaware Bar. The skipper and crew were happy to remain on board the yacht to wait for the incoming tide and once it was confirmed there was no risk to the yacht or its occupants the Inshore Lifeboat was released.