The Dart inshore lifeboat was tasked by the Coast Guard to assist a couple in a 14ft motor boat that had run out of fuel. They had been blown onto the lee shore of the river at Dittisham close to the Waddington boathouse. They had been in the water for 30 minutes trying to hold their boat off the rocks. A lifeboat crewman waded to them with a towrope and they were towed to the visitors pontoon at Dittisham. They were very cold and were taken safely ashore to dry off and warm up.
Lifeboat crew; Richard Eggleton, helmsman. Haydn Glanvill and Kevin John, crewmen.
Launch crew; Mark Strudwick, tractor driver. Bob Thomas crew.