Yacht Scarlet aground

Friday 26 August 2016

Location: August Rock at mouth of Helford River

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

All-weather lifeboat (Launched 18:28 / Returned 19:20) Carl Beardmore (Deputy 2nd Coxswain), Luke Wills, Dave Nicoll, Diane Bush, Neil Capper, Jack Chuter, Jake Ingleby, Jamie Connoly


At 18:20 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched following a Pan call from the 10m yacht Scarlet with four people on board which had run aground on August Rock at the mouth of the Helford River.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 18:28 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across Falmouth Bay arriving on scene at 18:48. The yacht had already managed to extricate itself from the rock so a lifeboat crewman was put on board to check for any damage and water ingress. Once it was confirmed that there was no danger to the vessel or its occupants the yachts skipper confirmed that he was happy to continue with his passage to the Helford River and at 19:00 the lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The All Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth at 19:20, where the lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 19:35.

The yacht had passed inside the August Rock Buoy believing there was sufficient water but due to it being low tide they had run aground on the rock. Fortunately the yacht had not sustained any significant damage and its occupants who were very grateful of the assistance given are unlikely to make the same mistake in the future.