Video of MV Sea Breeze which was sinking 12 miles South South East of Falmouth on 9 March 2014. A joint service with the Lizard Lifeboat.

 

At 07:04 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth all-weather lifeboat be launched following a Mayday call from the Merchant Vessel Sea Breeze (87m 1,959GRT) which had six crew on board and had reported that it was taking on board water 12 miles southeast of The Lizard. The Lizard lifeboat and a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose were also tasked to assist.

The Falmouth all-weather lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 07:10 and after rounding Pendennis Point headed towards the casualty’s position. The Lizard Lifeboat arrived on scene at 07:39 followed by the Falmouth lifeboat at 07:50. Pumps from both lifeboats and the helicopter were placed on board the coaster accompanied by three lifeboat crew. Attempts were made to pump the water from the engine room but the pumps could not match the ingress of water and the level continued to rise. As efforts continued the water level suddenly dropped indicating that the water had made its way into other compartments of the ship so the decision was made to evacuate the vessel. The six crew and three lifeboatmen were transferred to the Falmouth lifeboat and the helicopter then transferred the captain to the Lizard lifeboat before the Falmouth lifeboat was released at 09:30 to return to Falmouth with the remaining crew so they could be checked over and given warm clothing.

The all-weather lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth by 10:08 and the Russian crew were handed into the care of the Mission to Seafarers. The lifeboat was then refuelled and was ready for service by 10:30.

The coaster was on passage from Liverpool to Shoreham with a cargo of Limestone when the ingress into the engine room was detected. Initially it was believed that the vessel would founder but remarkably the vessel remained afloat and was eventually towed to location off Fowey Harbour where it condition was stabilized before being into the harbour.