Historic Lugger Barnabas with fouled propeller

Date: Wednesday 9 August 2017

Location: 3 miles South of Pendennis Point

Weather: N 5, Slight Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny

Inshore lifeboat: (Proceeded 19:50 / Returned 20:30 – Neil Capper (Helmsman), Elliot Holman, Jamie Connoly


Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat was in the Helford assisting a yacht when at 19:40 Falmouth Coastguard requested they divert to assist the 12m Historic Lugger Barnabas which had reported a fouled propeller 3 miles South of Pendennis Point.

The Inshore Lifeboat placed the previous casualty onto a mooring in the Helford before at 19:50 proceeding to assist the Barnabas. On arrival on scene at 20:04 it was found that the 18 tonne vessel was sailing slowly towards Falmouth and having discussed the situation with the skipper it was agreed that no immediate assistance was required and so at 20:12 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 20:30 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 20:45.

The Barnabas had been sailing in Falmouth Bay when its propeller had become fouled. As she was making progress and in no immediate danger, taking into account the size of the boat it was decided that the vessel should be left to try and make its own way back into the harbour. Later that evening with an ebb tide the Barnabas anchored off Pendennis Point to await more favourable conditions before entering the harbour.