Fowey RNLI rescue family of four and their dog after yacht engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

The yacht, a Westerly Longbow, travelling from Falmouth to Fowey encountered much worse weather than expected when going round Dodman point, half way between Falmouth and Fowey.

The yacht proceeded to three miles off the coastline to avoid the heavy coastline seas but the 3 metre swells with choppy smaller waves on top was unavoidable and caused extremely uncomfortable travelling conditions.

The family called Falmouth Coastguard to inform them of the challenges faced. At the time of calling, the vessel was able to proceed, albeit uncomfortably but this soon changed shortly afterwards when the engine overheated and the RNLI were paged to assist them into Fowey.

Reaching the casualty in 25 minutes, two volunteer crew members, Adam Russell and Alan Harris, were transferred aboard to help the experienced sailor, which meant his wife was able to look after the two young children below.

With crew on board the yacht was able to be sailed into Fowey and then taken alongside by the Fowey Harbour patrol boat and moored at Berrils Yard.

The family and Biggles (the 84 year old - in dog years - terrier) were then taken into the Fowey RNLI boathouse and plied with chocolate biscuits and tea.

The lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service.

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