Persons Cut Off by the Tide

Date: Saturday 4 May 2019

Location: Maenporth Beach

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

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 15:35 / Returned 16:28) – Nick Head (Helmsman), Jake Ingleby, Jamie Connolly


At 15:28 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports of several people cut off by the tide at Maenporth Beach. The Falmouth and Porthoustock Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 15:35 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across the bay arriving on scene off Maenporth at 15:44. The casualties were located on the northern side of the cove and while they were in no immediate danger they were unable to make their way back to the beach. Access through the undergrowth at the top of the cliff would have made a rescue by the Coastguard Cliff Team a long and difficult operation so the Inshore Lifeboat assessed the situation and was able to extract the casualties from the rocks despite the ground swell. Once the three casualties were on the inshore lifeboat they were taken to the beach where they were handed into the care of the Coastguards. The Inshore Lifeboat was released at 16:16 to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 16:28 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 16:45.

The group of five people had been exploring the rocks out towards the wreck of the Ben Asdale when they had got cut off by the incoming tide. While two of them were wearing wetsuits and could swim back to shore the others were stuck and required assistance.