Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat was launched on Thursday to a boat that had been spotted drifting near Porthoustock.

At 10.41am lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard, with Helm Neil Capper and crew Lloyd Barron, Tamara Brookes and Caden Harris, launched in sunshine and made their way across the bay to Porthoustock.

An RNLI spokesperson said: "The lifeboat took over the tow of the vessel, a 3.5m RIB, that a passing boat was stopping from drifting.

"It was then taken to the care of the Porthoustock Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team. As there was equipment on board the vessel and it looked recently used, the inshore lifeboat was tasked to carry out a shoreline search between Nare Point and the Manacles.

"At 11.54am, it was confirmed that the owner of the vessel was safe and searching for the boat, which had been blown from the Helford River out towards Porthoustock.

"The lifeboat and crew made their way back to Falmouth station, where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service."

The RNLI said that anyone who sees someone who might be in trouble in the water or cut off by the tide should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.