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Fowey RNLI volunteers respond to three shouts during busy weekend

Lifeboats News Release

The Fowey RNLI volunteer crew members haved responded to a trio of call outs over the last three days, including two seperate tidal cut off incidents.

On Saturday 22 July at 12.40pm the all-weather lifeboat Corinne Whitely was launched with seven crewmembers on board to rescue two people on a blue hulled yacht with rudder failure. Arriving on scene between Looe and Polperro at 1pm, the yacht was underway using an outboard engine but as the sea conditions were poor it was decided to tow them to safety.

The next call out came the following day (23 July) during the joint helicopter and lifeboat training exercise which involved both Fowey lifeboats at Charlestown. The inshore lifeboat Olive Two was tasked to rescue two people who were stranded by the tide on the eastern cliffs of Lantic Bay. They were tourists who were only on the second day of their visit to Cornwall.

The inshore lifeboat crew were able to take the man on board but the woman had climbed too high and was stuck. As the exercise was almost finished at Charlestown, the decision was made to extricate the woman with the helicopter and transfer her onto the all-weather lifeboat. Both the casualties were then taken to Polruan and expressed their grateful thanks to all the volunteers who had saved them.

Monday 24 July then saw the first call out for trainee Helm Adam Russell under the tutelage of Christian Philp. At 5.40pm Fowey RNLI had been tasked to rescue two people cut off by the tide on the rocky outcrop on the Duporth side of Polmear Island. The sea state was calm with north westerfly force 1-2 winds, but there was still an hour and a half of tide running in.

After arriving on scene, Adam drove the inshore lifeboat in and nudged onto the rocks. The two people were helped into the lifeboat with the assistance of Sean Kelly and Christian. They were then dropped off at Charlestown.

RNLI safety message

Now that the summer holidays are here, the RNLI would like to remind everyone visiting the coast that safety advice is available at You can also check out the weather and tide times at the local Harbour Office.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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