Fowey RNLI lifeboats diverted from training to Pan Pan distress call

Lifeboats News Release

On August 7, Fowey’s volunteer lifeboat crew were out on their usual Sunday morning training exercises when a Pan Pan call came in.

Fowey RNLI

Fowey all-weather lifeboat

Both lifeboats immediately headed towards the reported location, three nautical miles off Gribben, south of Cannis; the D class inshore lifeboat reached the casualty vessel first.

The six-metre Humber rib had an engine fault and was unable to get back to safety alone. The all-weather lifeboat crew set up a tow and the boat was towed back to Fowey harbour.

This was the third boat with engine failure that Fowey volunteer lifeboat crew have rescued in the past week. Machinery failure is the largest single cause of RNLI call-outs and Fowey lifeboat volunteers are once again reminding people of the importance of maintaining engines and equipment.

The RNLI advise that people carry out basic checks before setting out to sea and always carry spares. Always carry a means of calling for help so that if you do get into trouble or you see others in distress, you can call 999 and ask for HM Coastguard.

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