Provide assistance to EOD Team in respect to unexploded Parachute Mine

Date: Wednesday 29 November 2017

Location: Off Maenporth Beach

Weather: N 3, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Clear with Occasional Showers

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 11:50 / Returned 16:15) – Carl Beardmore (Deputy 2nd Coxswain), Josh Beardmore, Adam West, Jake Ingleby, Jamie Connoly, Jamie Wakefield, Will Allen


At 11:44 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to provide assistance to the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Team (EOD) following the discovery by local divers of a second world war German Parachute Mine on the seabed off Maenporth Beach.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 11:50 and having passed Pendennis Point headed across to Maenporth arriving on scene at 12:15. The Y-Boat was launched to assist the EOD Team due to engine failure with their own craft. Following a number of dives it was decided due to failing light that at 15:55 the operation would be postponed to the following morning, the All Weather Lifeboat being released to return to its station.

The All Weather Lifeboat arrived back alongside its pontoon berth at 16:15 where it was refuelled and ready for service by 16:30.

Arrangements were made for the All Weather Lifeboat to launch the following morning to assist with the disposal of the ordinance.