The Port of Fowey is home to an active RNLI lifeboat station which boats two lifeboats - an offshore Trent Class lifeboat, "MAURICE AND JOYCE HARDY", and an inshore D-Class lifeboat, "OLIVE HERBERT". Manned almost entirely by volunteers - the station mechanic is the only paid member of staff - the boats are on call 24 hours a day all year round
Call outs are wide and varied - in past years, the crew spent 22 hours searching for a missing fisherman, hours later they were called to tow in a local fishing boat that was taking on water. In a busy season, they were also called on to assist broken down vessels, families trapped by the surf and a team of divers whose support vessel suffered engine failure.
The purpose-built lifeboat house is situated on the waters edge at Berrill's yard is where the Trent Class lifeboat lies alongside a pontoon. The D-Class is kept in the boat house, next door to the RNLI souvenir shop and is on public display most days. She is launched using a trailer to get across the main road which runs through the town, before being winched down to the beach or water below the quay. Visitors are always welcome to call in at the shop for news of the latest call outs, fund raising activities or open days
The Harbour Commissioners provide free berthing for the lifeboat together with access over Berrills yard Pontoon.