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Fowey RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew conduct rescue using relief lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

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.


RNLI Fowey lifeboat launch

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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