Yacht Frank aground on rocks

Saturday 10 September 2016

Location: North of St Mawes Castle

Weather: NW 3, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny Periods

All-weather lifeboat (Launched 17:27 / Retasked 18:55) Andy Jenkin (Deputy 2nd Coxswain), Luke Wills, Dave Nicoll, Tom Bird, Diane Bush, Josh Beardmore, Jamie Connoly


At 17:20 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched following reports of a yacht ashore on the rocks to the north of St Mawes Castle. There had been no direct contact with the yacht but other vessels were standing by nearby awaiting the arrival of the lifeboat.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 17:27 and having left the inner harbour headed across the Carrick Roads arriving on scene at 17:40. The 10m yacht Frank was located on the rocks near Andennis Beach to the north of St Mawes Castle. On arrival the lifeboat launched its small inflatable Y-Boat, which then headed to check on the yacht and its four crew. The Y-Boat helped to deploy the yachts anchors while the lifeboat dropped its own anchor, before passing a tow line to the yacht. Slowly the weight was taken up on the tow line and as the tide started to turn the yacht was eased off the rocks, being refloated at 18:30, while the Y-Boat helped recover the yachts anchors. The lifeboat then recovered its own anchor before towing the yacht into the main channel where at 18:45 it was confirmed that the yacht was not taking any water and was happy to proceed under its own engine so at 18:55 the tow was dropped and the yacht headed up towards its mooring off Loe Beach.

The All Weather Lifeboat was then diverted to assist a broken down dory in the Carrick Roads.

The yacht had been sailing in the Carrick Roads when it had unfortunately run aground on the rocks. Although the skipper was happy to wait for the yacht to refloat there were concerns that it would be driven further onto the rocks by the on shore winds.