Yacht Mahout with engine failure in adverse conditions

Date: Wednesday 2 August 2017

Location: 4 miles South of Pendennis Point

Weather: S 8, Rough Sea and Moderate Swell, Poor Visibility, Overcast with Rain

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 08:07 / Returned 09:26) – Luke Wills (2nd Coxswain), Jonathan Blakeston, Dave Nicoll, Tom Bird, Jake Ingleby, Jamie Wakefield, Josh Williams, Will Allen


At 07:58 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to assist the 11m Yacht Mahout with one person on board that had requested assistance when its engine had failed in adverse weather conditions in Falmouth Bay.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 08:07 and having passed Pendennis Point headed out into Falmouth Bay. The yacht was located under sail 4 miles South of Pendennis Point and once its skipper had furled its foresail a tow line was passed and secured. The yacht was towed into Falmouth where it was placed on a visitors mooring in the Inner Harbour at 09:20, the lifeboat then being released to return to its station.

The All Weather Lifeboat arrived back alongside its pontoon berth at 09:26 where it was refuelled and ready for service by 09:40.

The yacht had been on passage from Portsmouth to the Isles of Scilly, but due to the adverse weather conditions its skipper had decided to head into the Helford Estuary for some shelter. On entering the bay the yachts engine failed and being single handed and unfamiliar with the port the skipper had made a Pan broadcast requesting assistance. The yacht was well equipped and the skipper clearly extremely experienced and was wearing all the appropriate safety gear.