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Ketch Grace broken down and dragging its anchor

Crew: Luke Wills (Coxswain), Jonathan Blakeston, Tom Bird, Andy Jenkin, Neil Capper, Jack Chuter
Location: Carrick Roads
Shout Date: 25/08/2015 – 10:47
Weather: SW 4, Slight Sea and Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast

At 10:37 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth All Weather Lifeboat be launched to assist in the 20m Sailing Ketch Grace of Falmouth which had issued a Mayday distress call when it suffered engine failure and its anchor was dragging in the Carrick Roads.

The All Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 10:47 and arrived on scene at 10:51. A tow line was passed to the vessel and the weight was taken so that the crew could raise their anchor. Once this was completed at 11:10 the tow commenced with the vessel being safely placed on its mooring in the Inner Harbour at 11:50, the lifeboat being then released to return to its station.

The All Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth by 11:55 where the lifeboat was refuelled and was ready for service by 12:15.

The Grace of Falmouth is operated by the charity Sea Sanctuary and is used to provide non-clinical Adventure Therapy for people suffering from mental health issues. At the time of the incident the vessel had seven people on board including crew.