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Falmouth RNLI Lifeboat volunteer crew respond to reports of a car in the water

Lifeboats News Release

Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat Eve Pank was launched on Sunday 3 December as part of a multi-agency response to reports of a car with two people inside in the river near the Pandora Inn, Mylor.

Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team, South Western Ambulance Service, Devon & Cornwall Police and Water Rescue Units and a rescue tender from the Fire Service were also tasked to assist.

The volunteer lifeboat crew were already at the station cleaning the lifeboat and carrying out maintenance work when the pagers were activated. The inshore lifeboat launched at 1pm with Tom Telford (Helm), Tom Bird and Jamie Connolly on board and proceeded up river towards Mylor, arriving on scene at 1.05pm

It was quickly established that the vehicle in question was an ‘amphibious car’, being tested by its owners. It was was stuck on a mud bank but with a rising tide and having ascertained that the vehicle had sufficient safety equipment including lifejackets, and its owners were experienced in boating, it was decided that no assistance was required and all crews were stood down.

After passing on safety information to the amphibious vehicle’s owners, the inshore lifeboat was released from service at 1.20pm and returned to the station and, after refuelling, was ready for service at 1.50pm.

Although a false alarm, it was made with good intention, as to many it would have looked like a normal car with passengers in the river. Calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard was the correct response in this situation.

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