Small open boat broken down

Date: Saturday 8 August 2020

Location: 2 miles East of Manacle Buoy

Weather: N 4-5, Moderate Sea and Slight Swell, Excellent Visibility, Clear Sky

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 15:18/ Returned 17:27) – Nick Head, (Helmsman), Tamsin Mulcahy, Cadan Harris


At 15:12 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist a 4.8m open boat with one person on board which had suffered engine failure while fishing in Falmouth Bay.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 15:18 and headed out into Falmouth Bay to try and locate the casualty. The boat was finally located 2 miles East of Manacle Buoy with the Inshore Lifeboat arriving on scene at 15:48. A tow was established and the boat was towed back to Falmouth and up the Penryn River where it was safely moored alongside the Falmouth Marina at 17:14, the Inshore Lifeboat then being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 17:27 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 18:00.

The casualty had been fishing in Falmouth Bay when the engine had failed, so used a mobile phone to call the coastguard for assistance. Being unsure of its position made the task of locating the boat more difficult but it was eventually located over five miles south of Falmouth having been unable to anchor due to the depth of water and drifting further out to sea in the strong offshore winds.

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