Both Fowey RNLI lifeboats taken at top speed to a man struggling on rocks
At 7.15 on Remembrance Sunday the pagers went to send seven volunteer crewmembers on the all-weather Trent class lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy to rescue a person in the water on the south side of Mevagissey harbour.
At 7.20 the pagers went again and the in-shore lifeboat D-Class Olive Two
was sent as well because reports suggested the person was on rocks but struggling and unable to be reached by land.
The first bitterly cold evening of the winter with a chill north westerly breeze meant that the lifeboats had to travel the distance between Fowey and Mevagissey as fast as possible
The volunteers on the D-Class lifeboat are equipped to deal with shoreline extractions, including first aid, and the all-weather lifeboat provides instant warmth and better facilities for monitoring the casualty.
Co-ordinating with the Newquay SAR helicopter the rescue was decided to be carried out by the helicopter with the RNLI as back-up and the casualty was successfully airlifted away.
The two RNLI lifeboats were returned to Fowey and made ready for service by 9pm.
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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.