Fowey RNLI rescue four people on board broken down fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 19 April at 2.30pm in brilliant sunshine and a calm sea, the volunteer crew of Fowey’s RNLI all-weather Trent class lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy was sent to a position a mile south east of Dodman Point.


Fowey all-weather lifeboat

With only light winds from the north north west, Maurice and Joyce Hardy was taken very quickly to the 21 foot fishing vessel where the crew attached a tow line, taking it into its home port of Mevagissey.

After refuelling the lifeboat was returned to station and made ready for service by 6pm.

Sailing or motorboating is great fun to enjoy with friends and family. But things can go wrong. Engines can fail, the weather can turn suddenly, and accidents can happen. It's important that you're prepared, just in case.

How to stay safe

◾Always wear an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

◾Always have a means of calling and signalling for help.

◾Ensure there is an emergency action plan in place and everybody has an appropriate onboard briefing (in particular on the location and use of the safety equipment, including the spare kill cord for powerboats).

◾Undertake the appropriate level of training for your craft.

◾Always check the weather and tide times.

◾Make sure someone ashore knows where you are going and who to call if you don't return on time.

◾Always drive your boat at a speed that is appropriate to the weather conditions and to the environment you are operating within.

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