Fishing Boat Seacat suffering steering failure

Crew: Elliot Holman (Helmsman), Josh Beardmore, Neil Capper
Location: Off Ponsharden, Penryn Rive
Shout Date: 08/08/2015 – 12:12
Weather:S 1, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny Periods

At 12:04 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist the 7m Fishing Boat Seacat with one person on board which had suffered steering failure off Ponsharden in the Penryn River.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 12:12 and headed up the harbour into the Penryn River arriving on scene off Ponsharden at 12:20. The skipper of the fishing boat had managed to grab a nearby mooring but was unable to get ashore, so the Inshore Lifeboat towed the vessel to the nearby pontoons at Ponsharden where it was safely secured at 12:35, the Inshore Lifeboat then being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was back on its slipway at 12:45 where it was refuelled, rehoused and ready for service by 13:00.

The fishing boat had just been launched and was on a test trip when its steering had failed