Engine Fire on board Open Boat Gold Label
Date: Saturday 17 June 2017
Location: 3 miles South East of Zone Point
Weather: NW 2, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny
All weather lifeboat: (Launched 12:56 / Returned 14:35) – Jonathan Blakeston (Deputy 2nd Coxswain), Luke Wills, Carl Beardmore, Dave Nicoll, Tom Bird, Andy Jenkin, Josh Williams
At 12:51 while the lifeboat crew were taking part in the stations 150th anniversary open day Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to assist the 6m Open Boat Gold Label with two people on board which had reported an engine fire in a position 3 miles Southeast of Zone Point.
The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 12:56 and having made its way out of the harbour through the Classics yachts she rounded Zone Point and headed up to the East arriving on scene at 13:22. The skipper of the boat had confirmed that the fire was out so having placed a crew member on board to confirm that there was no risk of it reigniting a tow line was passed to the boat and at 13:32 the tow back commenced. It was confirmed that the boats mooring was off Place Manor at the entrance to the Percuil River so arrangements were made with the St Mawes Harbour Master for the tow to be handed over to the their patrol boat at the entrance to St Mawes. At 14:15 the crew member had been recovered from the boat and the tow had been successfully transferred so the lifeboat was released to return to its station.
The All Weather Lifeboat arrived back alongside its pontoon berth at 14:35 where it was refuelled and ready for service by 14:45, before once again being opened to the public.
The boat had suffered a serious electrical fire in its engine compartment but the skipper had been able to put the fire out by using a fire extinguisher and then isolating the power.