RNLI rescue on Fowey's Red Arrows day
As crowds gathered in Fowey to witness the drama of the Red Arrows display on Thursday, a call came in that saw the volunteer lifeboat crews tackle the drama of a rescue mission.
A 4-metre rib, carrying three adults and five children, that had been travelling from Charlestown to Fowey to watch the overhead action had broken down off Gribbin Head, 100 feet from the rocks in a short, choppy swell.
Fortunately when the call came at around 5pm the volunteer lifeboat crewmembers had gathered to take the all-weather Trent class lifeboat, Maurice and Joyce Hardy to Fowey harbour mouth as during the Red Arrows visit the harbour becomes packed with visiting vessels and the usual 5 minute trip to the harbour entrance becomes a 20 minute one.
The inshore lifeboat was launched immediately after receiving the call and was followed by the all-weather boat.
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Upon arrival the crew discovered the fishing boat, Lauren Kate FY836, was at the scene and had passed a line to the rib to begin the tow to Fowey.
The inshore lifeboat, Olive Two, manned by three crewmembers, stayed close to the rib on the journey in, but the chop was causing a lot of water to surge into the rib. It was decided to take all five children and one adult on board the lifeboat.
Everyone on board the rib was wearing a lifejacket.
The all-weather lifeboat then took over the tow with the remaining two adults aboard the rib.