Fowey RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew rescue four people onboard broken down yacht

Lifeboats News Release

On bank holiday Monday at the request of the coastguard, Fowey volunteer lifeboat crew launched the all-weather lifeboat at 11.40am. Their task was to assist a 44ft yacht whose engine had failed.

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Fowey all-weather lifeboat heading out on the shout

The yacht also had a broken mainsail and was making slow progress at 2 knots using its jib. The four people onboard the yacht which was 10 miles south east of Fowey, were on their way back home to Essex.

When the lifeboat reached the yacht, the crew were tired and had got to a stage where they just wanted a tow. Due to the sea conditions and swell, the cox decided not to put any lifeboat crew onboard the yacht as this would have risked damaging it. Instead he instructed the yacht’s crew to attach the tow line to the yacht. The lifeboat then towed the yacht with the four people onboard, back to safety in Fowey Harbour and handed them over to Harbour Patrol who put the yacht on a pontoon.

Fortunately the people had a means of calling for help so were able to contact the coastguard. Remember to keep boat engines and other equipment well maintained and always carry adequate tools, spares and fuel for your journey.

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Fowey all-weather lifeboat leaving Fowey harbour mouth

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