Concerns for person who had been in water

Date: Wednesday 5 August 2020

Location: St Mawes Harbour

Weather: SSW 4, Slight Sea and No Swell, Poor Visibility, Overcast with Rain

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 02:15/ Returned 02:50) – Jamie Connolly, (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Tamara Brookes, Joe Amps


At 02:07 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launch following a call from a person who had fallen into the water and had then got on board a moored vessel.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 02:15 and arrived on scene in St Mawes Harbour at 02:23. The casualty was located on board a small open boat. Having checked they did not need any medical assistance the casualty was returned to their yacht. At 02:36 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 02:50 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 03:10.

The casualty had been returning to his vessel when he had capsized his tender. Having secured the tender ashore, the casualty decided to swim back out to his vessel, but after swimming a short distance he decided it was too far and climbed on board an unoccupied vessel. He had planned to stay there overnight but decided to contact the coastguard when he started to succumb to the cold.

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