Falmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat launches to assist a lone sailor

Lifeboats News Release

The Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott launched at 7.51am yesterday morning (Thursday 2 September) at the request of the UK Coastguard to a report of a 22 foot yacht in difficulty 15 miles east of Pendennis Point requiring assistance.

Falmouth’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott with the 22 foot yacht alongside

David Barnicoat

Falmouth’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott with the 22 foot yacht alongside

The casualty was located 7 miles east south east of Nare Head with the lifeboat arriving on scene at 8.43am. Because of concerns about some gear and rigging failures, two lifeboat crew members were put on board the yacht to de-rig the sails. Due to the sea conditions the lifeboat’s inflatable Y boat was used to transfer the crew. Once this was completed, the yacht was then towed to Falmouth Harbour and safely put on a mooring.

Falmouth RNLI Coxswain Jonathon Blakeston said: ‘The yacht was on passage from the east bound for Anglesey and had no VHF radio and no navigation equipment. The casualty was located by triangulation of his phone signal with the help of the Coastguard.’

This service came after a very busy bank holiday weekend for Falmouth volunteer lifeboat crews. The inshore lifeboat was launched once on Friday and once on Saturday but the busiest day was Bank Holiday Monday with two call outs for the all-weather lifeboat and three for the inshore lifeboat.

Falmouth RNLI Coxswain Jonathon Blakeston said: ‘The last week has been an intense and testing time for our volunteer crews but they responded well in what were sometimes difficult circumstances. The incidents included a boat which was burnt to the waterline and lost and a casualty vessel being towed into Fowey Harbour.’

Notes to editor

  • The photo shows Falmouth’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott with the 22 foot yacht alongside. Credit: David Barnicoat.

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