Fowey RNLI saves party of seven from stranded motorboat

The group were caught out by the low tide and needed rescuing by an RNLI lifeboat

Motorboat owners have been warned to check low tide times after a 22ft motorboat became stranded in near Fowey in Cornwall over the bank holiday weekend (26 May).

The Cornish Guardian reports that the Fowey lifeboat was called out to Bugle Boss, which had been cut off by the retreating tide at 7:30pm.

Following an 80-minute rescue operation, a party of three adults, four children and three dogs was brought ashore by a D-class lifeboat.

The RNLI team reported how they used a car battery as a makeshift anchor to ensure that the stricken boat didn’t drift off and could be retrieved the following morning.

Cath Ellis from Fowey RNLI told the local news provider of her team’s struggle to escape the tricky situation:

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“With a dropping tide they had to move very, very fast because the D-class was running out of water. It was a race against time to rescue the family and if it had not been successful they would have had to stay there all night.”

She added that it is important to check high tide and low tide times and plan your route accordingly before setting off on a coastal cruise.