Falmouth RNLI volunteer crew respond to a Mayday call from a yacht on fire
On Saturday 4 September an 11 metre yacht with four people on board sent out a Mayday call after discovering a fire in the engine compartment. On receiving the distress call, the UK Coastguard requested the launch and tasked Falmouth’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott to assist.
The yacht’s position was reported as being just to the north-east of Porthkerris Point. The casualty’s crew were unsure of the cause of the fire but believed it now to be out. A fishing vessel was standing by to provide safety cover until the lifeboat arrived.
The lifeboat left it’s pontoon under the command of Falmouth RNLI Coxswain Jonathon Blakeston at 2.10pm and arrived on scene at 2.30pm. The conditions on scene were overcast with fair visibility with a force four southerly wind and a slight sea state.
After locating the casualty, the lifeboat stood by and then escorted the yacht to a safe position to allow the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s fire boat to go alongside to transfer a fireman to check and confirm that the fire was out. This was required before the yacht could be allowed to enter Falmouth Harbour.
Once confirmed that the fire was out, the lifeboat escorted the casualty to its mooring in Falmouth. The lifeboat was released to return to station at 5.00pm.
Notes to editor
- The photo shows Falmouth’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott leaving it’s pontoon for this service. Credit: Chris Forster.
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