Report of Yacht Miskat aground on rocks

Saturday 8 April 2017

Location: Near Kiln Quay, Falmouth Inner Harbour

Weather: SE 5, Moderate Sea and Swell, Fair Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 16:53 / Returned 17:40) – Nick Head (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Jake Ingleby

Details:

At 16:47 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following report of a yacht ashore on the rocks at Flushing in Gillan Creek.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 16:53 and headed out of the harbour. As the inshore lifeboat was passing Governor Buoy they were advised that it had been confirmed that the yacht was in fact on the rocks in the Falmouth Inner Harbour between Kiln Quay and Flushing New Quay. The Inshore Lifeboat turned around and arrived on scene at 16:58. The yacht Miskat which was unmanned had already been towed off the rocks by a small Rigid Inflatable but due to its size the tow was taken over by the lifeboat which took the yacht to the Falmouth Yacht Haven where it was safely berthed at 17:25. The Inshore Lifeboat was then released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 17:40 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:58.

 The Inshore Lifeboat was launched as initially it could not be confirmed if anyone was on board the yacht and therefore there was potentially a risk to the occupants. It turned out that the yacht had broken free from its mooring and was unmanned but the owners were appreciative of the assistance given.