Yacht broken free and endangering other boats

Sunday 4 October 2015

Location: Mylor Harbour

Weather: NE 7, Rough Sea and Slight Swell, Poor Visibility, Squally Rain

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 21:18 / Returned 21:28) – Claire Angove (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Thomas Telford


At 21:12 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth inshore lifeboat be launched following reports of a 12m yacht breaking free and endangering other boats and their occupants at Mylor Harbour. The Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 21:18 and headed out of the harbour but as the lifeboat approached Trefusis Point the Coastguard advised at 21:22 that their assistance was no longer required and the lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The inshore lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 21:28 where it was refuelled and ready for service by 21:40.

The yacht had arrived earlier in the afternoon and had been moored on the outer pontoon. Later that evening in the prevailing weather conditions the unmanned yacht had broken free and was causing damage to both itself and other vessels nearby, endangering the safety of people trying to secure the boats. Once the nature of the situation had been confirmed the inshore lifeboat was stood down but the Coastguard Team continued to the scene where in appalling conditions they assisted in securing the vessels, eventually getting back to their station at 23:30.

Link to Coastguard Team report