No Sunday rest for Fowey’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew
While many of us find weekends relaxing, as a member of Fowey lifeboat crew weekends can be anything but. On Sunday 12 September, in addition to the weekly Sunday morning RNLI lifeboat training exercises, the volunteer crew were called out on two shouts, launching at 6.13pm and again at 9.01pm.
The morning training session, which was also the first outing for new crew member, Martin Jezard, was spent on exercises supporting Gorran Haven Lifeboat Day. Returning at 1.30pm, the crew spent time washing down the Trent class and D class RNLI lifeboats and prepared to carry on with their weekend.
Within four hours however, at 6.13pm on Sunday evening, both the all-weather Trent class and the inshore D class lifeboats were launched to assist the police and coastguard at an incident in Carlyon Bay. Later, at 9.01pm the all-weather lifeboat was launched for the third time that day. The Fowey lifeboat crew were asked to assist the coastguard after a man was reported missing by his friends. Having set off in a small dinghy in dark, misty conditions, heading to a larger boat on which he was staying, moored 200 metres off Charlestown Harbour, there was no news on whether the man had arrived safely at the mooring. As the dinghy had been experiencing engine problems, his friends were concerned about the reliability of the boat.
Search teams from the coastguard and Fowey lifeboat were tasked with searching around the harbour and beaches. Luckily the man was eventually found safe and well by the Fowey lifeboat crew. Coxswain Malcolm Richardson said: ‘The man had done the right thing by telling someone where he was going, so they were able to call 999 and alert the coastguard when they thought he was in trouble. It is important to keep engines well maintained, to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid and to always carry a means of calling for help, especially if equipment is known to be faulty.’
The crew finally returned to Fowey lifeboat station at 10.40pm. Three of the crew members had been involved in two of the days’ shouts and two had been out on all three launches that day.
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Photo credits: Cathy Baillie
Notes to editors
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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 142,200 lives.
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 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.
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