Open Boat broken down and drifting onto rocks

Saturday 9 July 2016

Location: Messack Point, Carrick Roads

Weather: SSW 5, Slight Sea and No Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast with Drizzle

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 15:52 / Returned 16:54) – Jonathan Hackwell (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Josh Williams


At 15:46 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a 999 call from a 4.5m Open Boat with two persons and a dog on board which had reported having engine failure and was in danger of drifting onto Messack Point in the Carrick Roads.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 15:52 and headed up the Carrick Roads. Having checked a number of similar vessels in the area the casualty vessel was located at 16:03 on the rocks on the St Just Creek side of Messack Point. Due to the shallow water the Inshore Lifeboat approached the casualty bow first so a line could be passed and the vessel was then gently pulled off the rocks and into deeper water. Having checked that the boat was not taking water it was then taken in tow back to Falmouth Harbour where it was safely returned to the Grove Place Dinghy Park at 16:50, the Inshore Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 16:54 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:07.

The boat which had been on a fishing trip had suffered complete engine and electrical failure. Unfortunately as the vessel did not have a hand held radio direct communication was not possible which made initial location of the vessel difficult.