Five people in a broken down speedboat off Nare Head had to clamber to safety up a steep cliff after drifting into rocks.

Falmouth Coastguard requested that both the Falmouth all weather and inshore lifeboats launch following a report of a speedboat aground under the cliff at Nare Head in Gerrans Bay on July 6.

The Portscatho Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team and a Helicopter from RNAS Culdrose were also sent to help.

An RNLI spokesman said: "The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene at 14:39 and located the speedboat on the rocks at the base of the cliff. It was soon confirmed that occupants of the speedboat had managed to climb the cliff and were safely accounted for.

"The lifeboats were tasked to secure the speedboat and remove any loose equipment while the helicopter was released to return to its base. 

"It appears that the speedboat had suffered engine failure and had drifted ashore under the cliff. The five people on board had made the difficult climb up the cliff, leaving their boat high and dry on the rocks.

Crew: Mark Pollard (Coxswain), Jonathan Blakeston, Alistair Heane, Luke Wills, Nick Head.

Location: Nare Head, Gerrans Bay Weather: N 4, Slight Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny