Inflatable taking on water

Monday 5 September 2016

Location: Helford River between Frenchman’s and Port Navas Creeks

Weather: SW 2, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 18:14 / Returned 19:10) – Claire Angove (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Josh Williams


At 18:06 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist two people in an inflatable which was taking on water in the Helford River between Frenchman’s and Port Navas Creeks.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 18:14 and having crossed Falmouth Bay arrived on scene in the Helford at 18:30. The two people and their inflatable were located to on the north bank of the river just above Port Navas Creek. The two people were taken on board the Inshore Lifeboat and the inflatable strapped alongside, they were then taken to the nearby pontoons where they were safely landed at 18:45, the Inshore Lifeboat then being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 19:10 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 21:40.

The two people had been exploring the river in their inflatable when its sponson became separated from the hull causing it to take on water. They had headed to the shore nearby but became stuck due to incoming tide so called for assistance.