Fowey RNLI volunteer crew to the rescue on bank holiday Monday
At 4.30pm on 28 August the pagers sounded to assist a broken down angling boat. Two men fishing south of Polperro had a fuel problem and were drifting slowly with the wind and tide.
The men on the blue and white Wrecker 2 were able to give detailed information as to their position three miles south of Polperro. The volunteer RNLI crewmembers took the Trent class all-weather lifeboat Corinne Whitely to find and recover them back to Fowey.
This was done quickly and efficiently in beautiful weather and the Corinne Whitely was made ready for service again by 5.30pm.
Motorboating is one of the more popular pastimes around the coasts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland and encompasses a variety of craft, so safety considerations will vary. Key causes of fatalities include man overboard, capsize, getting on and off the vessel, medical condition and illness.
The largest single cause of RNLI call outs to boaters is machinery failure.
Tips for staying safe:
- Always wear an appropriate lifejacket
- Always have a means of calling for help – if you have a radio, use it, channel 16 is constantly monitored by the Coastguard.
- Learn your vessel and have a practised plan for emergencies
- Make sure someone ashore knows your schedule
For more information please contact Cath Beard, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Fowey RNLI on 07969 693218. For urgent calls out of hours please contact the Duty RNLI Press Officer on 01202 336789.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.