Fowey RNLI rescue injured lone yachtsman and his dog

Lifeboats News Release

At 2pm on Monday 31 July the pagers sounded, calling the volunteer crew members of the Fowey RNLI Lifebot Station to assist an injured man and his dog who were on a 7m motor cruiser travelling from Fowey to Penryn.


The casualty with his dog onboard the motor cruiser Puffin.

The man on the Colvic motor cruiser, Puffin, had reported an injury to his ribs, requesting medical assistance and a tow to a safe port. He called the Coastguard and was able to give a clear description of his vessel and position, which was half way between the anchored Lady Clarissa and the red and white day beacon.

The coxswain took the relief all-weather lifeboat Corinne Whitely out at speed and found the casualty two and a half miles south of Fowey Harbour.

The wind was force 5 from the south west, with a moderate swell and good visibility but also a fierce chop. One of the two volunteer crewmembers who were transferred to the casualty vessel said: 'I felt like a leaping salmon as I hung onto the bow to get the tow fixed.'

The man was checked over and declined an ambulance, though he was advised to check in with a doctor. The tow was made and the casualty brought back safely to Berrill's Yard. The lifeboat was returned to station and made ready for service by 3.30pm.

Notes to editors

The enclosed photo shows the casualty with his dog onboard the motor cruiser Puffin. Please credit RNLI/Fowey.

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