Falmouth RNLI Crew launch to broken down fishing boat near Dodman Point.

Lifeboats News Release

Falmouth’s all-weather lifeboat and volunteer crew launched to a fishing vessel that had broken down with mechanical failure.

At 3.12pm on Thursday 28 May, Falmouth all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox-Scott and crew were tasked to assemble. Having followed procedures put in place due to Covid-19, the lifeboat launched and made its way towards Dodman Point.

The 21ft fishing boat had broken down approximately 4miles south of Dodman Point due to mechanical failure whilst en route from Brixham to Malpas. The boat’s single occupant was unable to restart the vessel and rectify the issue given the sea conditions, and so the all-weather lifeboat established a tow. Once towed back to Falmouth inner harbour, the vessel was placed on a visitor mooring and the all-weather lifeboat returned to the station.

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