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Fowey lifeboats called out to missing yacht

By CG_NeilBason  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

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A missing yacht with a reported injured person on board saw Fowey RNLI volunteer crewmembers called out to undertake an early hours search for the lost vessel.

At 12.45am on Saturday, January 26, Brixham coastguard launched both the Fowey RNLI lifeboats to search for PoGo, a yacht from the Cornish Cruising School that was travelling from Torquay to Falmouth.

The yacht was on the final leg of a milebuilder trip returning from a visit to the London boatshow last week.

Having left Torquay at 8am on Friday, January 25 in a force 7 southerly the skipper realised the engine was not working. When the wind turned north-westerly, the crew were unable to continue to Falmouth and decided to put in to Fowey.

After being unable to raise the yacht on the radio, the in-shore lifeboat with three volunteer crewmembers was tasked to search inside the harbour, while the all-weather lifeboat and seven crewmembers searched outside.

The masthead light of the yacht was spotted almost 2-miles south of the harbour.

Due to the wind and sea state the yacht was turning in circles. The Maurice and Joyce Hardy took the yacht in tow and brought her back to Berrill's Yard pontoon, close to the lifeboat station.

One person on board had hurt their back earlier but did not need medical assistance.

The crew of the yacht were brought into the station for hot drinks very pleased to have been brought ashore.

The Fowey lifeboats were back on station and ready for service at 3am.

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