Fowey celebrate their involvement with the RNLI
On Saturday 5 August the volunteers of Fowey RNLI lifeboat station took over the Town Quay with stalls, music and the eagerly awaited joint lifeboat and coastguard helicopter exercise.
Fowey RNLI would like to thank everyone who made it such a lovely occasion, including all the volunteers (the Committee, the fundraisers and the crew members) and the people in and around Fowey who provide strong support for the lifesaving work that they carry out.
There were fresh produce, beautiful sewn products, the Pimms stall, books, a raffle, a lucky dip and all sorts of goods available from the Fowey RNLI Shop – not to mention the amazing cake stall and barbeque. RNLI lifeguards from the north coast visited with information on staying safe in the water and Marcus Lewis ran the joint exercise commentary. The St Austell Youth Band provided a festive air for the day and there were other events in the town, such as a coffee morning in The Galleon.
The D class inshore lifeboat Olive Two and our relief all-weather lifeboat
Corinne Whitely were brought alongside the Quay as soon as the tide allowed and many people enjoyed viewing the 'Tardis-like' qualities of the Trent class lifeboat.
The inshore lifeboat very nearly missed the whole event, as 10 minutes before the lifeboats were due to be brought to the Quay the pagers sounded and a fisherman, cut off by the tide at Polmear Island, needed to be rescued and taken to safety.
The lifeboat and helicopter exercise was stunning with an exhibition of a mock rescue and was also very good training for the teams involved. Thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a wonderful day for all.
Notes to editors
The enclosed photographs show:
- The all-weather lifeboat and coastguard helicopter exercise at Fowey.
- A variety of stalls at the Fowey RNLI Lifeboat Day.
- The inshore lifeboat and coastguard helicopter rescue exercise.
Please credit RNLI/Fowey for all photos.
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