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Fowey lifeboat saves sinking motor boat

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Lifeboat press release

At 6.02am on July 16, the Coastguard instructed the crew of the volunteer RNLI lifeboat from Fowey to launch their Class D inshore lifeboat to assist a 35ft motorboat moored at Pont Pill in the port of Fowey which was taking on water and was in danger of sinking.

When the lifeboat arrived they were met by Fowey Harbor Commissioner’s Assistant Harbor Master, Jonathan Pritchard, (who is coxswain at Fowey Lifeboat Station), who was first on the scene and who had asked for help. They found that the motorboat was listing to one side. There were two adults and a child who had gotten off the boat and onto the pontoon. Water had entered the transom seal removing all power to the boat and the boat was in danger of sinking. The inshore rescue boat crew was tasked with transporting the water pump from the all-weather rescue boat to the sinking vessel. Once pumped, the lifeboat crew, assisted by harbor staff, towed the stricken ship to Tom’s shipyard who stood ready to lift the boat out of the water with a crane.

By preventing the ship from sinking, a major environmental problem was avoided. Helm Adam Russell said: “We remind boat owners to ensure their boats are regularly serviced and maintained. For example, check the seal between the gearbox and the water and change it according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. The three people on board were brought to safety by port personnel.

In a separate incident on Thursday July 14, the Coast Guard requested the launch of the Inshore Lifeboat to rescue two people on paddle boards off Spit Beach in a northerly wind blowing them off. The first informant was a member of the lifeboat crew. When he saw a jet ski assisting the two injured, he called the lifeboat operations manager to call off the scream, and the lifeboat operations manager confirmed to the coast guard that the scream could be called off. . The Fowey Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘It is important to always check the weather forecast, wind and tide times and choose a supervised beach when available. Avoid the onshore winds as they will tire you quickly when trying to get back to shore.



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Fowey volunteer lifeboat crew Peter Parry and Callum Pritchard installed the pump





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Water is pumped out of the motorboat





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Fowey lifeboat crew help lift the boat out of the water with a crane



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