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First shout for Fowey volunteer D class lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

At 3.25pm on Monday June 26, volunteer RNLI crew, Elliot Toms and Jack Taylor went out on their first D class lifeboat shout along with helm, Malcolm Richardson.

RNLI/Cathy Baillie

First shout for Elliot Toms and Jack Taylor, pictured with helm Malcolm Richardson

The coastguard had tasked them to locate a small rib with one person on board, sighted by a walker just off Black Bottle Rock.

The walker reported that the boat appeared to be in trouble, drifting back in to the rocks, with the person on board attempting to start the engine. The lifeboat crew searched the area but found nothing. The coastguard reported seeing a vessel rounding Gribben Head but had no safety concerns. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

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