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Fowey RNLI lifeboat crew assist lone yachtsman in harbour

Lifeboats News Release

On May 22 the Fowey volunteer lifeboat crew launched the all-weather lifeboat at 9.40pm in response to a request from the coastguard for an immediate launch.

Fowey RNLI

Library image of Fowey lifeboat on her pontoon

A single-handed sailor onboard a yacht in Fowey harbour had made a 999 call to the coastguard. He was on passage and was extremely tired and disorientated and unable to get onto a mooring. He was very concerned that he would either go aground or hit other boats in the busy harbour, and put others in danger.

In calm seas, with a northerly moderate breeze of 11-16 knots, the lifeboat launched and located the boat mid channel in the harbour. Two lifeboat crew were put onboard who then safely steered the boat onto the pontoon. The all-weather lifeboat returned to its mooring and was made ready for service.

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