Falmouth RNLI Lifeboat called out to reports of yacht collisions.
On Saturday 5 May, Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat and crew were requested to launch to near St Anthony Lighthouse after reports of 2 yachts colliding.
At 17.54 the inshore lifeboat Eve Pank launched, with Helm Jonathan Hackwell, Elliot Holman and Tamara Brookes arriving on scene at 18.02 in sunny, calm conditions.
With one of the yachts having sustained damage to the hull and rigging, the unharmed 3 occupants and a dog were transferred to the inshore lifeboat. The other yacht had not suffered significant damage and was standing by. After an initial check for further damage, there was no water confirmed to be entering the vessel. The crew assisted in removing the sails before the rigging was cut away and the lifeboat then escorted the yacht to Port Pendennis Marina where it was safely moored at 19.29 pm.
The inshore lifeboat then returned to Falmouth lifeboat station and was refuelled and ready for service by 20.00.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.