Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat was called into action on Wednesday after a call was issued by Falmouth Coastguard.

A 5.4m motor cruiser with two people on board had broken down near the Vilt buoy in Carrick Roads.

The Atlantic 85 ‘Robina Nixon Chard’ lifeboat launched promptly at 8.43pm and arrived on the scene just 11 minutes later. Thankfully, conditions were favourable with smooth seas and light winds.

Upon arrival, the crew assessed the situation and discovered the motor cruiser drifting in the deep water channel. Given the fading light and the potential danger, the disabled vessel posed to other boats navigating the channel, the lifeboat crew established an alongside tow.

They safely returned the stranded vessel and its occupants back to Penryn.

After giving safety advice, the lifeboat was released by HM Coastguard at 9.52pm returning to the boathouse by 10pm.

The RNLI is the official beneficiary of the upcoming Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival which takes place this weekend.

To ensure the festival’s success and raise vital funds for the RNLI, Falmouth Lifeboat crews are still seeking volunteers to donate a few hours of their time collecting donations around Falmouth.

In return, those who contribute will be treated to a traditional Cornish pasty, and drink, perfectly setting the mood to enjoy the vibrant shanty performances throughout the weekend.

The festival is particularly seeking volunteers to fill the late afternoon slots on Saturday, and all of the Sunday sessions.

To find out more, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/falmouth-sea-shanty-festival-collections-tickets-845984110247.