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Fowey RNLI volunteer crew to the rescue on bank holiday Monday

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.30pm on 28 August the pagers sounded to assist a broken down angling boat. Two men fishing south of Polperro had a fuel problem and were drifting slowly with the wind and tide.

The men on the blue and white Wrecker 2 were able to give detailed information as to their position three miles south of Polperro. The volunteer RNLI crewmembers took the Trent class all-weather lifeboat Corinne Whitely to find and recover them back to Fowey.

This was done quickly and efficiently in beautiful weather and the Corinne Whitely was made ready for service again by 5.30pm.

Motorboating is one of the more popular pastimes around the coasts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland and encompasses a variety of craft, so safety considerations will vary. Key causes of fatalities include man overboard, capsize, getting on and off the vessel, medical condition and illness.

The largest single cause of RNLI call outs to boaters is machinery failure.

Tips for staying safe:

  • Always wear an appropriate lifejacket
  • Always have a means of calling for help – if you have a radio, use it, channel 16 is constantly monitored by the Coastguard.
  • Learn your vessel and have a practised plan for emergencies
  • Make sure someone ashore knows your schedule
RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Cath Beard, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Fowey RNLI on 07969 693218. For urgent calls out of hours please contact the Duty RNLI Press Officer on 01202 336789.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland