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Both Fowey RNLI lifeboats assist with cliff rescue incident

Lifeboats News Release

On July 13 at 12.27pm the coastguard requested the launch of Fowey’s inshore lifeboat to support cliff rescue teams who were dealing with an incident involving a person at Porthpean.

Owen Burt

Fowey's inshore lifeboat back at the boathouse after the shout

As the incident progressed it was clear that this would be a long shout, so the decision was taken to launch the all-weather lifeboat at 3.15pm so that the volunteer crew could be swapped over and the all-weather lifeboat could act as a mother ship.

At 8:55pm, following discussions with the lifeboat Launch Authority and the lead coastguard rescue team leader, it was agreed that as the cliff base was no longer under water both Fowey lifeboats could be stood down, with the possibility of relaunching later if required with fresh crew, when tide was back.

Falmouth coastguard confirmed that both lifeboats could be stood down at 9:13pm. Both boats returned to station and were refuelled and ready for service at 10pm.

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