FALMOUTH’S two lifeboats had to be called away from separate public events after reports of a boat taking on water last weekend.

The drama took place at 3.10pm on Sunday, when the inshore Lifeboat was at the Durgan Regatta in the Helford, while the All Weather Lifeboat had been on its way to the annual RNLI Lifeboat Service at Portscatho.

They were called by the Falmouth Coastguard asking that they proceed to assist the 24ft fisher style Motor Boat Emillia Marie with three people onboard which had reported that its engine had failed and it was taking on water two miles south of Zone Point.

Both lifeboats immediately headed for the stricken boat, but at 3.20pm, the skipper of the boat reported that he had managed to restart its engine and that the situation was under control with the boat heading back to Mylor and that no further assistance was required. At 3.22pm both lifeboats were released before they arrived on scene and they returned to their respective events.