Five local people were on board a 12m, 8tonne, motor cruiser for a shake down exercise when their engine failed. There was a considerable amount of smoke and an onlooker on shore reported it to the Falmouth Coastguard as a boat on fire. Very shortly before that the skipper of the boat had spoken to Darthaven marina where the boat was kept and also to a member of the RNLI Dart lifeboat crew who organised a Self launch of the RNLI Dart Atlantic 75 lifeboat.
The casualty craft was easily identified 1.5miles off Blackpool Sands and crewman Tom Shanley was put on board to help set up the tow. The boat was returned to Darthaven marina.