Report of person in the water shouting for help
Crew: Claire Angove (Helmsman), Elliot Holman, Thomas Telford
Location: Off Prince of Wales Pier, Inner Harbour
Shout Date: 29/08/2015 – 01:55
Weather: Calm Airs, No Sea or Swell, Good Visibility, Clear Sky
At 01:51 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following 999 reports of shouts for help from a person in the water off the Price of Wales Pier in Falmouth Inner Harbour. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team, Ambulance and Police Units were also tasked to assist.
The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 01:55 and headed up the harbour arriving on scene at 01:57. The first coastguard unit on scene confirmed that the casualty was making his own way ashore escorted by an inflatable tender and he was then helped up the steps by the emergency services personnel on scene. Once it was confirmed at 02:03 that now further assistance was required the various units were released to return to their stations.
The Inshore Lifeboat was back on its slipway at 02:15 where it was refuelled, rehoused and ready for service by 02:30.
The casualty had fallen in the water while trying to get from his boat to its tender. He has thanked the Emergency Services involved in the incident, the member of the public who helped him ashore and also the members of public who heard the shouts and raised the alarm to the Coastguard and Police for all their help. There is a valuable lesson to learn from this incident that even when taking a short trip back to shore from a yacht or other vessel that you should wear a lifejacket.