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Falmouth lifeboat called out to assist with yacht taking on water in the harbour

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 28 April, Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew were requested to assist a yacht taking on water in Falmouth harbour.

Launching at 09.27 am, with Neil Capper (Helmsman), Elliot Holman and Jake Ingleby, the inshore lifeboat Eve Pank arrived and found the vessel extremely low in the water, having taken on over a metre of sea water. A crew member was placed on board with a salvage pump to stem the flow of water. The inshore Lifeboat headed back to the Lifeboat Station to collect the larger salvage pump from the all-weather Lifeboat. Having returned to the yacht this second pump was placed on board the yacht also and the water level with in the vessel started to recede. The station's boarding boat was also launched to assist with extra fuel if needed.

By 10:45 am the water level had been reduced sufficiently to identify the issue and be temporarily fixed. With the yacht no longer taking on water, the inshore Lifeboat towed the yacht to the Falmouth Marina in Penryn River where a lift out had been arranged.

Once the yacht was safely moored alongside the marina pontoon, the Inshore Lifeboat returned to the station and was refuelled and ready for service by 12.00 pm.

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