Yacht Blackbird aground and taking water

Date: Tuesday 9 June 2015
Location: Trefusis Point, Falmouth Harbour
Crew:  Neil Capper (helmsman) Josh Beardmore, Thomas Telford
Weather: NE 4, Slight Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny Periods

At 18:30 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth inshore lifeboat be launched to assist the crew of the 8 metre yacht Blackbird which was aground on Trefusis Point in Falmouth Harbour.

The inshore lifeboat launched from her slipway at 18:35 and arrived on scene off Trefusis Point at 18:40. The yacht was found to be taking water and so a lifeboat crewmember was transferred to the yacht to assist the skipper and his crew. After nearly an hour it was decided that the water ingress could not be stemmed and so the yacht was abandoned. The inshore lifeboat left the scene at 19:50, taking the skipper and his belonging back to the lifeboat station.

The inshore lifeboat was back on its slipway at 19:55 where it was refuelled, rehoused and ready for service by 20:10.

The yacht had run aground earlier in the day and due to its location it had suffered damage to its hull. All attempts to apply a temporary repair to the hull had failed so eventually the yacht had to be abandoned to the incoming tide.