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Both Fowey RNLI lifeboats taken at top speed to a man struggling on rocks

Lifeboats News Release

At 7.15 on Remembrance Sunday the pagers went to send seven volunteer crewmembers on the all-weather Trent class lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy to rescue a person in the water on the south side of Mevagissey harbour.

RNLI/Catherine Beard

Both Fowey RNLI lifeboats launch to a man struggling on rocks.

At 7.20 the pagers went again and the in-shore lifeboat D-Class Olive Two was sent as well because reports suggested the person was on rocks but struggling and unable to be reached by land.

The first bitterly cold evening of the winter with a chill north westerly breeze meant that the lifeboats had to travel the distance between Fowey and Mevagissey as fast as possible

The volunteers on the D-Class lifeboat are equipped to deal with shoreline extractions, including first aid, and the all-weather lifeboat provides instant warmth and better facilities for monitoring the casualty.

Co-ordinating with the Newquay SAR helicopter the rescue was decided to be carried out by the helicopter with the RNLI as back-up and the casualty was successfully airlifted away.

The two RNLI lifeboats were returned to Fowey and made ready for service by 9pm.

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