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Fowey RNLI lifeboat tows broken down boat to safety

Lifeboats News Release

On the afternoon of Friday June 16 Fowey’s volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked to locate and assist a 5.5m powerboat with engine failure and two persons onboard, approximately 1.5 miles west of Gribben Head.

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Fowey lifeboat going out on the shout past the World cruise ship moored in Fowey Harbour

Their VHF battery had run flat, so they called 999 on a mobile phone, but were unable to provide a precise location. The lifeboat made best speed to the scene and located the casualty vessel. A tow was established and the vessel was brought back to safety in Fowey where, with the help of a Fowey Harbour Patrol craft, it was returned to its mooring. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 5.30pm.

Engine failure is a major cause of RNLI call-outs. Always ensure that your engine is well maintained and carry adequate tools and spares. The people onboard this vessel had taken an additional means of calling for help, which meant that although their VHF failed, they were still able to call 999 coastguard for help.

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Fowey lifeboat returning from the shout

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