Yacht Deckadent in difficulties

Date: Wednesday 27 December 2017

Location: Port Pendennis Marina, Falmouth Inner Harbour

Weather: NW 10 gusting 65knots, Rough Sea and Slight Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast with Rain

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 01:10 / Returned 02:21) – Luke Wills (2nd Coxswain), Dave Nicoll, Tom Bird, Andy Jenkin, Jonathan Hackwell, Sandy Procter, Claire Angove, Neil Capper, Adam West


At 00:04 Falmouth Coastguard paged the Lifeboat Operations Manager to advise that they had received a call from the 14m Yacht Deckadent which had three people on board reporting that it was in danger of breaking free from the pontoon at Port Pendennis Marina due to the adverse weather conditions. It was decided to send crew around to the marina to assist.

On reaching the yacht the crew found that it was in danger of being holed and they assisted the skipper and his crew in adding extra fenders and lines. As the wind strength was in excess of 65 knots it was then decided to evacuate the yachts occupants and to take them back to the lifeboat station. With the weather due to get worse there was a high risk of the yacht breaking free and hitting other occupied craft potentially putting other people at risk so it was decided to see if it could be safely towed clear of the pontoon and taken to a place of more shelter.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 01:10 with the skipper on board to assess the situation and look for a place of shelter. A berth was located on the inside of the Queens Wharf in Falmouth Docks and once it was confirmed that the lifeboat could safely hold station off the pontoon it returned to its pontoon berth at 01:25 to drop off the skipper and two lifeboat crew who made their way to the yacht. The lifeboat headed back out into the harbour and passed a tow line to the yacht. The weight was taken up while the yachts mooring lines were released and it was then pulled clear of the pontoon. Once in the shelter of the docks the tow line was dropped and it was escorted to its temporary berth with the lifeboat being released at 02:15 to return to its station.

The All Weather Lifeboat arrived back alongside its pontoon berth at 02:21 where it was refuelled and ready for service by 02:35.

The yacht is normally moored at Falmouth Marina where the skipper lives on board. It had been out sailing for the day and while the skipper was aware of the weather forecast he had believed that he would be sheltered from the wind at the Port Pendennis Marina so he had berthed there for the evening. The skipper was very greatful to the whole crew for the assistance they had given.