Vessel with engine failure

Date: Monday 31 May 2021

Location: 1 mile SW of Pendennis Point, Falmouth Bay

Weather: ENE 3, Slight Sea and Moderate Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 18:37 / Returned 19:38) – Elliot Holman (Helmsman), Tamara Brookes, Lloyd Barron, Jemima Henstridge-Blows


At 18:31 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist a 7m motorboat with two persons on board which had suffered engine failure one mile South West of Pendennis Point. The workboat from Falmouth Boat Construction was standing by the vessel.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 18:37 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed into the bay arriving on scene at 18:49. A tow line was passed to the vessel and it was towed back into Falmouth where it was safely moored at the Port Pendennis Marina at 19:36, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 19:38 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 19:55.

The occupants of vessel had done everything possible to rectify the engine problems including calling out marine engineers from Falmouth Boat Construction. When the marine engineers had been unable to solve the problem and were unable to tow the vessel due to the prevailing easterly swell the coastguard were contacted for additional assistance.

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