Fowey RNLI lifeboat launched to dinghy being blown offshore

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday April 6, Fowey’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat 14-18 was launched in response to a request from the coastguard to locate and assist an inflatable dinghy being blown offshore at Pentewan, with a father and daughter onboard.


Fowey and Angle all-weather lifeboats

The request for assistance was also answered by all-weather lifeboat 16-11 from Angle, South Wales, on passage from Poole back to Wales and travelling near the casualty vessel at the time of the incident.

Lifeboat 16-11 was first to arrive at the scene, where their volunteer lifeboat crew recovered the dinghy and rescued the father and daughter who were onboard. Fowey volunteer lifeboat crew then assisted in taking the dinghy and the two people back to safety in Mevagissey.

Fowey Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Ogg said: ‘With the Easter weekend approaching and more people heading to the coast we are advising people to respect the water and follow basic safety advice. Offshore winds and high tides can be particularly dangerous and we urge everyone to check the weather forecast and tide times before setting out. People should always tell someone else where they are going and when they expect to be back, and always carry a means of calling for help. If you do see anyone in danger on or near the water, call 999 and ask for the coastguard’.


Fowey and Angle lifeboats returning from shout


Fowey and Angle lifeboat shout

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