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Fowey D class inshore lifeboat launched to assist in search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Fowey’s volunteer lifeboat crew launched their D class inshore lifeboat at 11.25am on Tuesday June 27 tasked with assisting the coastguard to search for a missing person.

The Fowey lifeboat was part of a multi-agency search to locate the missing person along with Mevagissey and St Austell coastguard and Devon and Cornwall police.

Fowey lifeboat was tasked with carrying out a coastline search of an area covering Gribben to Par docks and associated areas. The coastguard and police continued the search on land and at 2.15pm Fowey lifeboat was stood down

This week, the RNLI is celebrating 60 years of inshore lifeboat crews saving lives at sea. Inshore lifeboats were introduced to the RNLI fleet to help crews reach areas close to shore. The D class was introduced to the fleet in 1963.

Fowey lifeboat station got their first D class inshore lifeboat in 1996. Since then, Fowey has launched an inshore lifeboat 535 times, aiding 484 people and saving 35 lives.

Fowey RNLI

Fowey's volunteer D class crew searching the coastline

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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