Capsized Sailing Dinghy with three persons in the water

Date: Wednesday 9 August 2017

Location: Off St Mawes Castle

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

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 16:10 / Returned 16:47) – Luke Wills (Helmsman), Adam West, Jamie Wakefield


At 16:02 Falmouth Coastguard requested the launch of Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat following reports of a capsized sailing dinghy with three persons in the water off St Mawes Castle.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 16:10 and arrived on scene off St Mawes Castle at 16:14. The dinghy and its three occupants were located on the beach below the castle. The casualties were taken on board the Inshore Lifeboat before the dinghy was taken in tow back to St Mawes where it was were safely moored on the pontoon in the harbour. The Inshore Lifeboat being released at 16:31 to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 16:47 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:05.

The dinghy had capsized and when it was righted its rudder was fouled so they were unable to sail the dinghy and beached it on the shore.