Yacht Spellbinder aground

Crew: Neil Capper (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jake Ingleby
Location: Off Coastlines Wharf, Penryn River
Shout Date: 06/09/2015 – 04:33
Weather: N 3, Calm Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Clear Periods

At 04:26 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to check on the safety of the 12m Yacht Spellbinder with five people on board which had reported running aground off Coastlines Wharf in the Penryn River.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 04:33 and arrived on scene at 04:40. The yacht was found to be hard aground on the mud bank and it was confirmed that the skipper was happy to wait for the flood tide. The inshore lifeboat remained on scene while the yacht launched its inflatable dinghy and deployed its anchor. At 04:56 the skipper confirmed that he was happy with the situation and so the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was back on its slipway at 05:07 where it was refuelled, rehoused and ready for service by 05:22.

The yacht had just left the Falmouth Marina at Ponsharden when it ran aground on the bank near Coastlines Wharf. The skipper had wisely advised the coastguard of their situation but had not requested any assistance. The coastguard had decided in view of there being two hours of ebb tide that it would be wise to launch the Inshore Lifeboat to confirm the safety of the yacht and its crew. This is the third such incident at this location in two months.