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Two shouts for Falmouth RNLI crew on Sunday 6 May

Lifeboats News Release

Both Falmouth’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats were tasked to respond to separate incidents on Sunday. The first shout came to attend to a boat run aground and secondly to a group cut off by the tide.

Falmouth's lifeboats

RNLI/Simon Culliford

The all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox-Scott was launched at 4.50pm to the assistance of a motorboat that had run aground on August Rock at the mouth of the Helford estuary. Arriving on scene at 5.08pm were coxswain Jon Blakeston, Dave Nicoll, Tom Bird, Andy Jenkin, Jonathan Hackwell, Jamie Connolly and Dan Lilley. Two crew boarded the lifeboat’s Y-boat to inspect the motorboat, where it was quickly assessed that there was no serious damage to the vessel and no injuries to the occupants. A tow line was passed and attached, and when the motorboat was refloated on the incoming tide it was towed back to Falmouth and safely berthed at Pendennis Marina. The all-weather lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 7.15 pm.

Shortly after, the call came for the inshore lifeboat Eve Pank to launch with helm Jonathan Hackwell, Jake Ingleby and Jamie Wakefield aboard. At 7.59 pm the inshore lifeboat launched and headed to the northern side of Maenporth Cove, where a report had come in of a group stranded by the tide on some rocks. They were located near the wreck of Ben Asdale, where they had been exploring in the evening sunshine. The group were assisted onto the lifeboat before being taken to Maenporth beach and handed to the care of the Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team. Once safely ashore, the inshore lifeboat and crew returned to Falmouth Lifeboat Station, where the boat was refuelled and ready for service at 9pm.

The RNLI's advice to avoid getting cut off by the tide is to be aware of your surroundings, check the tide times, always carry a means of calling for help and let someone know where you are going when walking along the coast.

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