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Fowey RNLI lifeboat called to assist with suspected car falling off cliff

Lifeboats News Release

At 11.03pm on Saturday September 9, Fowey’s all-weather lifeboat was launched following a report of a car going over the cliff at the south end of Pentewan beach on the B3273 overlooking Pentewan Valley.

Fowey RNLI

Library shot of Fowey's all-weather lifeboat on the pontoon

The lifeboat, with 8 volunteer crew on board, made best speed to the location and commenced its sea coast search on arrival at the location at 11.28pm. Mevagissey and St Austell coastguard teams, the coastguard helicopter and Cornwall Air Ambulance as well as police, ambulance and fire services were also in attendance.

A thorough search of the area by sea, foot and air found no sign of a vehicle. All services were stood down at 12.21am and the lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for service again by 1.15am. The coastguard debrief concluded that it was a well-intentioned call made in good faith, but that no car was involved.

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