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Falmouth lifeboat volunteer crew called out to two capsized dinghies

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 4 March, Falmouth’s volunteer lifeboat crew were launched to the assistance of two capsized sailing dinghies off Trefusis Point.

RNLI/Simon Culliford

Falmouth's Inshore Lifeboat

The inshore lifeboat, with helm Claire Angove and crew Jamie Wakefield and Adam West, launched at 14.20pm on Sunday 4 March and proceeded to Trefusis Point where the first dinghy had overturned and become waterlogged. With the occupant taken on board the inshore lifeboat, the crew proceeded half a mile further in to the Carrick Roads where another dinghy had overturned. Once this individual was on the inshore lifeboat too, the dinghy was righted with some difficulty due to being water logged. Both dinghies were then taken in tow back to the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.

When going out on the water, whether its a kayak, small boat or yacht the RNLI would always advise people to carry a means of calling for help and keep it within reach. That way should you get into trouble you are able to call for help.

After helping recover the dinghies and providing the individuals with some sea safety information, the inshore lifeboat returned to the station and was refuelled and ready for service by 16.08 pm.

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