Two shouts in two days for Fowey RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew in Fowey are already seeing the effects of the busy summer boating season with two calls for lifeboat assistance in two days.

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Fowey RNLI volunteer crew member Ross Jezard

At 6.54pm on Thursday 16 June Fowey volunteer lifeboat crew were called out to attend a medical evacuation. A 67 year old female fell whilst getting off a boat moored in Fowey harbour and banged her head. Her sailing partner called the coastguard who tasked the Fowey crew to assist. The volunteer crew attended the incident using a harbour vessel as this was the fastest way to get to the casualty. The crew gave oxygen and administered first aid to the casualty during a long wait until the ambulance arrived to take the woman to hospital. This was the first shout as a casualty carer for crew member Ross Jezard.

The day after, at 6:09pm on Friday June 17 Fowey’s all-weather lifeboat was launched in response to a request from the coastguard to assist a 17 foot Cap Feret open sports boat. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 6.37pm. There was one man onboard who had gone out on a fishing trip. His boat broke down near Black Head about 6 miles from his home base in Fowey. The lifeboat crew set up a tow line and towed the boat back to Fowey. They handed the boat over to the harbour moorings team who then took him back to his mooring. The boat was back on service at 7:45pm.

As more people head out on the water during the summer season Fowey RNLI are reminding boat owners to ensure that their boat engines are well maintained and that adequate spares, tools and fuel supplies are always carried onboard.


Fowey all-weather lifeboat towing broken down boat

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