Fowey RNLI lifeboat crew rescue family and dog on broken-down boat

Lifeboats News Release

On August 6 at 9.12pm, Fowey all-weather lifeboat launched at the request of the Coastguard to assist an 18ft sailing boat one mile south of the Dodman.

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Boat being towed by Fowey all-weather lifeboat

There were two adults and two young children on board, plus a dog. The emergency call was interrupted before the call was completed and the Coastguard were concerned.

Travelling in a north easterly wind, the eight man volunteer lifeboat crew made best speed to the location and got to the reported area at 10.14pm. On arrival, assisted by Mevagissey Coastguard, the crew launched three parachute flares to illuminate the area so they could try and locate the exact position of vessel.

The woman on board the stricken boat was able to give directions to the lifeboat crew after seeing some fireworks going off in the distance.

The crew found the boat drifting with a small outboard engine that had failed. The family with a six-year-old, an eight-year old and their dog were on their way to Penzance. The family and the dog were transferred to the lifeboat.

The boat was towed the 10 nautical miles back to Fowey at an average speed of 3.2 knots, using a drogue which is deployed off the stern and towed in the water, helping to keep the boat straight and from going too fast.

St Austell coastguard met the boat back in Fowey and the family were taken to the lifeboat station and given refreshments while awaiting transport.

Before entering the water, the RNLI advise that people undertake checks of their personal water craft to ensure it is not damaged, and suggest that people always carry spare parts.

It is essential to carry a device to contact HM Coastguard and dial 999 if you find yourself in any trouble.

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Boat back in harbour being moved by harbour patrol

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