Report of a Motorboat on fire

Date: Friday 4 October 2019

Location: Off Greatwood, Carrick Roads

Weather: WNW 6, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 19:22 / Returned 20:18) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Sandy Procter, Tamsin Mulcahy, Andy Edwards


At 19:17 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist a motorboat which had reported being on fire in the Carrick Roads off Greatwood.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 19:22 and headed up the Carrick Roads arriving on scene at 19:29. The 6m motorboat was located at anchor and the fire was reported to be out. Two crew were put on board the vessel to check before it was taken in tow back to Mylor Harbour where it was safely berthed at 20:05, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 20:18 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 20:35.

It appears that the vessel had suffered an electrical fire which had been extinguished when the occupant had turned off the power supply to the engine.