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Fowey RNLI lifeboat rescues stranded boys

By CG_NeilBason  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

Fowey in-shore lifeboat races to the rescue

Fowey in-shore lifeboat races to the rescue

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The Fowey RNLI in-shore lifeboat launched a rescue mission on Tuesday, February 19, after two boys had become cut off by the tide at Carlyon Bay.

The soaked 14 and 15-year-old boys had been stuck on rocks just below the Carlyon Bay hotel after scrambling for safety when they were caught out by the rising tide.

At 5pm and within seven minutes of pagers sounding the D-class, Olive Two, launched with a full crew to find the stranded pair.

Upon locating the boys, the strength of the waves meant the volunteer RNLI crewmembers had to land at a nearby beach and assist the casualties to the lifeboat.

The lads were wrapped in a windproof and balaclavas and quickly taken to Charlestown to await the ambulance.

Due to the worrying body temperature of the boys, the crew asked to shelter them in the Pier House Hotel where staff then offered hot drinks and a room with a fire.

The three volunteer crewmembers consisted of two local builder/decorators, Jan Philp and Pete Alford, and Tim Stables who is a tree surgeon. 

This was the first shout for crewmember, Pete Alford, who said: "It really makes all the training worthwhile." 

Nine other members of the crew arrived at the lifeboat station to help with the launch and in case the all-weather lifeboat, Trent class Maurice and Joyce Hardy, was required.

The in-shore lifeboat returned to station at 6.30pm and was made ready for service.

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