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Night time launch for Looe lifeboat crews to assist a broken down cabin cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

Looe RNLI volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat on Monday evening, 28 August 2017, following reports of a 28 foot cabin cruiser broken down two miles south west of Polperro.


Atlantic 85 B Class inshore lifeboat

The crew quickly located the cabin cruiser, established a line and towed the speedboat with seven people on board back into Polperro.

Following a request for assistance from a broken down 28 foot cabin cruiser, the charity’s Atlantic 85, Sheila and Dennis Tongue II, was launched as darkness fell at 9.08 pm on Monday 28 August 2017. Arriving on scene 16 minutes later, the RNLI volunteer crew of Clive Palfrey, Brian Bowdler, John Crabb and Aaron Rix quickly located the cabin cruiser. The boat with seven persons onboard had a fuel problem and was drifting in the calm sea. A tow line was established and the Atlantic 85 towed the cabin cruiser back into Polperro harbour. Returning to Looe crews washed down and refuelled ready the Atlantic 85 making ready for her next service by 10.18pm.

David Haines, Lifeboat Operations Manager with Looe RNLI says: ‘Boats with machinery failure are one of the largest causes of RNLI service call outs. I advise all boat users to inspect their craft for any defects before heading out to sea, check you have enough fuel for your planned journey and take a working VHF Radio with you.’


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