Windsurfer reported in difficulties

Thursday 6 October 2016

Location: Off St Mawes Castle

Weather: SE 5, Moderate Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny Periods

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 14:30 / Returned 14:55) – Sandy Procter (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jamie Wakefield


At 14:22 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a reports of a windsurfer in difficulty south of St Mawes Castle.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 14:30 and arrived on scene at 14:36. The windsurfer was located on the shoreline and was recovering his gear. A member of the lifeboat crew was placed ashore to check that no medical attention was required and that no other persons were missing. Once this had been confirmed at 14:45 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 14:55 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 15:15.

The windsurfer had been taking advantage of the weather conditions off St Mawes Castle when they had got into difficulties which were believed to be due to gear failure. The onshore wind had blown them back towards the beach where the casualty managed to get ashore safely.