Falmouth RNLI Crew launch to boat spotted adrift in the sea
Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard was launched on Thursday 25 June to a boat that had been spotted drifting near Porthoustock.
At 10.41am, Falmouth inshore lifeboat, with Helm Neil Capper and crew Lloyd Barron, Tamara Brookes and Caden Harris, launched in sunshine and made their way across the bay to Porthoustock.
The lifeboat took over the tow of the vessel, a 3.5m RIB, that a passing boat was kindly stopping from drifting. It was then taken to the care of the Porthoustock Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team. As there was equipment on board the vessel and it looked recently used, the inshore lifeboat was tasked to carry out a shoreline search between Nare Point and the Manacles.
At 11.54am, it was confirmed that the owner of the vessel was safe and searching for the boat, which had been blown from the Helford River out towards Porthoustock. The lifeboat and crew made their way back to Falmouth station, where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service.
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, in a normal year, 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.