Report of Fire on board Motor Boat Skye

Date: Monday 28 August 2017

Location: 2 miles South of Pendennis Point

Weather: NE 1, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny Periods

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 10:27 / Returned 12:18) – Jonathan Blakeston (Coxswain), Carl Beardmore, Dave Nicoll, Andy Jenkin, Josh Beardmore, Neil Capper, Jamie Connoly

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 10:25 / Returned 13:04) – Claire Angove (Helmsman), Jonathan Hackwell, Josh Williams


At 10:18 Falmouth Coastguard requested that both Falmouth All Weather and Inshore Lifeboats be launched following a Mayday call from the Motor Boat Skye reporting that they had a fire on board in a position 2 miles South of Pendennis Point. Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 10:25 followed shortly afterwards by the All Weather Lifeboat which left its pontoon berth at 10:27. Both lifeboats having rounded Pendennis Point headed into Falmouth Bay, the Inshore Lifeboat arriving on scene at 10:34 where they found the four occupants in the vessels inflatable tender. The All Weather Lifeboat arrived on scene at 10:39 and stood off the vessel to assess the situation. As one of the casualties had a medical condition which meant transferring them from the dinghy would be difficult the Inshore Lifeboat proceeded to tow the inflatable back into Falmouth. Once the All Weather Lifeboat was satisfied that the fire had been extinguished a tow line was placed on board the vessel and it was towed back into the Carrick Roads.

The Inshore Lifeboat landed the casualties at the lifeboat station at 11:55 where they were helped ashore by the Coastguard Team. The Inshore Lifeboat then headed back out to the Carrick Roads where they took over the tow of the vessel, taking it to Freemans Wharf in the Penryn River where it was safely moored at 12:46.

The All Weather Lifeboat arrived back alongside its pontoon berth at 12:18 and the Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 13:04, with both being refuelled and ready for service by 13:30.