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Fowey RNLI volunteers called to drifting dive vessel off Cannis Rock

Lifeboats News Release

At 10 am on 29 April relief Trent Class Corinne Whitely was launched to a 33ft long dive boat with engine problems.


RNLI volunteers assist boat with engine problems

The single hull, wooden Woodpecker, with 11 people on board, had unfortunately suffered engine failure, first alerting the Coastguard with a pan-pan call. This is an international radio distress signal, of less urgency than a mayday signal. When the engine could not immediately be repaired, the RNLI was alerted and responded with 7 volunteer crewmembers launching within 7 minutes of the pagers sounding.

Woodpecker was towed into Fowey harbour ready for repair locally.

This is the first call out for the Corinne Whitely since some of our crew fetched her from Courtmacsherry while our own Maurice and Joyce Hardy is away for a re-fit.

The station was ready for service by 11.15am.


Fowey volunteer RNLI crew assist drifting dive boat

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