Falmouth RNLI crew have a busy start to August.
The first weekend in August was a busy one for Falmouth’s volunteer lifeboat crew. The 80th launch for the lifeboats came on Sunday, with 7 shouts in August thus far.
On 4 August, Falmouth inshore lifeboat Eve Pank was en route to the Helford Passage Regatta when diverted to assist a boat over at Zone Point. Having issued a Mayday following engine failure, the boat was taken in tow and returned to its mooring off Mylor Harbour, before the inshore lifeboat continued its passage to the Helford River.
Later on Saturday, as the boat had returned from the regatta and was in the process of being refuelled and washed down, a call was received from the Coastguard. Both boats were launched at 5.53 pm to assist in the search for an kayaker in Veryan Bay, who had been reported as overdue by family members. Both lifeboats arrived near Gull Rock and had commenced their search when notified that the kayaker had returned ashore. Both lifeboats and the Portscatho and Mevagissey Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams were stood down.
Again on Saturday evening, at 8.43 pm, the all-weather lifeboat and crew was launched to assist a boat which had broken down in Gerrans Bay. With failing light and visibility, the lifeboat located the boat with two people on board near The Bizzies and towed it back into Falmouth Inner Harbour. Once arrived, the boarding boat launched and towed the boat to the Grove Place Dinghy Park.
The next day, on Sunday 5 August, Falmouth’s all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox-Scott and crew was launched to the assistance of a yacht with two persons and a dog on board in Gerrans Bay. As it has suffered complete electrical failure, the lifeboat launched and towed the yacht to its mooring off Greenbank.
At the end of this busy weekend for the lifeboat crew, Coxswain Jon Blakeston said: “Summer is a busy time for all Falmouth lifeboat crew members involved. They are committed as ever to being on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to save lives at sea in and around Falmouth’s waters.”
The photo depicts Falmouth’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott and Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat Eve Pank. Credit: RNLI/Simon Culliford
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