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Fowey lifeboat rescues man on broken down yacht

Lifeboats News Release

On June 30 Fowey volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 5.22pm. The coastguard requested that Fowey launch a lifeboat to rescue a lone yachtsman stranded in St Austell Bay.

Fowey RNLI

Fowey volunteer lifeboat crew rescue yacht

The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 5.38pm with seven volunteer crew onboard. The weather was cloudy with good visibility and light north westerly winds of 7-10 knots when the lifeboat arrived on the scene about 3.5 kilometres south west of Fowey harbour at 5.50pm. They found a 32 foot sailing yacht, with one man on board who had got into difficulties. His main sail had jammed and he was having fuel problems, so he could not sail or motor and was stranded on his own and drifting at sea.

RNLI Coxswain Jonathan Pritchard requested that a couple of volunteer crew went aboard the yacht and they sorted out the sail and set up a tow line. The lifeboat then towed the yacht back into safety in Fowey harbour.

Coxswain Jonathan said: ‘It's important that people always carry spare fuel onboard for their journey and that they ensure engines are well maintained. An engine onboard a cruiser can be a vital safety back-up in these types of situations. Fortunately the man had a means of calling for help onboard and the situation ended well for him.’

This was the first shout onboard the all-weather lifeboat for new crew volunteers Paul Birkby and Harry Smith.

Fowey RNLI

Fowey lifeboat tows broken down yacht to safety

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