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Falmouth RNLI Lifeboat called out to reports of yacht collisions.

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 5 May, Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat and crew were requested to launch to near St Anthony Lighthouse after reports of 2 yachts colliding.

Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat

RNLI/Simon Culliford

At 17.54 the inshore lifeboat Eve Pank launched, with Helm Jonathan Hackwell, Elliot Holman and Tamara Brookes arriving on scene at 18.02 in sunny, calm conditions.

With one of the yachts having sustained damage to the hull and rigging, the unharmed 3 occupants and a dog were transferred to the inshore lifeboat. The other yacht had not suffered significant damage and was standing by. After an initial check for further damage, there was no water confirmed to be entering the vessel. The crew assisted in removing the sails before the rigging was cut away and the lifeboat then escorted the yacht to Port Pendennis Marina where it was safely moored at 19.29 pm.

The inshore lifeboat then returned to Falmouth lifeboat station and was refuelled and ready for service by 20.00.

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