Fowey RNLI lifeboat crew rescue boat stranded in St Austell Bay

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday January 13 at 2.14pm, the Fowey RNLI D class lifeboat was launched in response to a call for help from a motor boat that had become stranded out at sea.

The boat was stranded about three miles offshore southeast of Fowey Harbour. It was a calm day and the weather conditions were good, so the volunteer lifeboat crew were able to locate the boat after a short search. There were two men on board who had motored out on a fishing trip for the day. Unfortunately, the boat had developed an electrical fault, and drifting quickly further out to sea and unable to restart the engine, the men had radioed for help.

RNLI volunteer Helm Adam Russell said: ‘We were able to come alongside the casualty vessel and established that the men were both fine. My crew, James Dowrick and Ross Jezard attached a rope to the boat, which we then towed with the two men onboard, back to safety in Mixtow at the far end of Fowey Harbour’.

Helm Adam continues: ‘It’s important at this time of year to ensure the engine has been well maintained and serviced before taking to the water, in this case the engine had recently been serviced but had developed a fault. Fortunately, the two men had a radio so were able to call for help and luckily for them the weather was fine, so we were able to locate them quickly and they didn’t suffer any ill effects.’

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Fowey volunteer lifeboat crew member James Dowrick


Fowey RNLI D class helm Adam Russell

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