MFV Jacomina disabled with fouled propeller

Crew: Luke Wills (Coxswain), Dave Nicoll, Andy Jenkin, Neil Capper, Adam West, Derren Plaister, Josh Blakeston
Location: 17 miles South East of Falmouth
Shout Date: 31/07/2015 – 20:49
Weather:WNW 2, Slight Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy

At 20:39 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to assist the 29m MFV Jacomina with five persons on board which was disabled due to a fouled propeller while 17 miles Southeast of Falmouth in the shipping lanes of the English Channel.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 20:49 and headed out of Falmouth Bay into the channel arriving on scene at 21:50. A tow line was passed to the vessel and by 21:59 the slow tow back to Falmouth commenced. At 00:56 the lifeboat and casualty vessel were passing St Anthony Lighthouse so the tow was shortened up and at 01:15 with the vessels off Governor Buoy the tow was dropped so the lifeboat could secure alongside the Jacomina. The vessel was then manoeuvred into a berth at Fal Fish in Falmouth Docks where it was safely secured by 01:40, the lifeboat being released to return to its station at 01:50.

The All Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth by 01:58 where the lifeboat was refuelled and was ready for service by 02:24.

Brixham registered MFV Jacomina had been recovering its gear when a discarded trawl which had been brought up on the scallop dredge was drawn into the vessels propeller stopping the engine and damaging the gearbox. Once towed to the harbour the vessel arranged for divers to assist with freeing the propeller and by the early afternoon the MFV Jacomina was able to leave Falmouth and head back towards Brixham