Fowey RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew conduct rescue using relief lifeboat
With the station's own Trent class lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy undergoing a refit, the replacement Corinne Whitely was taken at speed across St Austell Bay at 8.30pm on Friday 14 July to rescue two people in a broken down 3.3m dinghy a mile out to sea off Porthpean.
The couple on board were trying to row back to shore and although it was a lovely evening of blue sky and calm water, there was a flooding tide and an offshore west, north-westerly breeze. There were making little headway and therefore the RNLI crew were called.
The crew soon found the dinghy, arriving on scene within 25 minutes of leaving Fowey. The dinghy was taken under tow and returned to the beach it had come from. The rescued couple were very grateful and thanked the RNLI for their help before making their way ashore.
The Corinne Whitely was returned to station and made ready for service by 9.45pm.
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For more information please contact Cath Beard, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Fowey RNLI on 07969 693218. For urgent calls out of hours please contact the Duty RNLI Press Officer on 01202 336789.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.