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Plymouth lifeboat and volunteer crew launch twice in 24 hours to fishing vessels

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Plymouth lifeboat station were tasked by Falmouth Coastguard at 5.51pm on Thursday 23 November to a 55-foot beam trawler with six persons on board.

The vessel was one and a half miles south west of Ramehead and had lost all power. The situation was resolved and the vessel carried on its way. The RNLI lifeboat returned to the station.

On Friday 24 November Falmouth Coastguard sent a launch request to Plymouth lifeboat station at 12.33pm to launch the all-weather lifeboat to a 10m trawler which was 20 miles south of Plymouth. The vessel was single handed and had total loss of power and the trawl nets were deployed. The vessel was heading to Fowey so the volunteer crew from Plymouth sat alongside the trawler while they waited for Fowey all-weather lifeboat to arrive. Once Fowey volunteer crew arrived on scene and assessed the situation, the crew from Plymouth returned to the station.

Notes to editors

  • Plymouth RNLI lifeboat has been operating since 1862. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to
  • Enclosed picture Severn class lifeboat on scene with the casualty. Taken by Les Butler RNLI mechanic

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