Three shouts in busy regatta week for Fowey RNLI lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

In the busiest week of the year during Fowey regatta, volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews were called out to deal with three separate incidents

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Fowey D class lifeboat out on a shout

Fowey's volunteer lifeboat crew launched their D class inshore lifeboat on Monday August 15 to deal with a medical situation on a pontoon at Pont in Fowey harbour, where a person on board a motor boat had called for help. Two casualty care trained crew went on a waiting harbour patrol boat to help the casualty, who was then taken to the life boat station, where the family arranged transport to Penrice.

On Tuesday August 16 the all-weather lifeboat was launched at 6.53pm to a broken down 25ft yacht stranded just off Cannis in St Austell Bay with no wind. The boat with two people onboard was quickly located by the lifeboat cox and towed back to safety in Fowey.

On Friday August 19 Fowey lifeboat crew launched the D class to help a male kayaker on rocks near Par beach. On arrival at the scene the man had self-recovered from the rocks. The crew checked he was alright and handed him over to St Austell coastguard rescue team.

Fowey Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Ogg, said: 'We have had a busy season so far and fortunately no-one has been seriously injured. While each activity comes with its own specific risks and safety advice, there are a few precautions that can be taken. Always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid and know how to float in an emergency. Always check the weather forecast and tide times and always carry a means of calling for help. If you do get into trouble or spot someone else in danger, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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Fowey volunteer crew set off on another rescue mission

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