44ft training yacht reports an engine fire

Launch No: 228
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Location: Dart Estuary
Dartmouth Fire crew await arrival of 44ft yacht with earlier engine fire
Photo: John Fenton Dart LPO
Dartmouth Fire crew await arrival of 44ft yacht with earlier engine fire

The 44 ft.UK Sailing Association yacht Avocet was on passage from Cowes to Dartmouth with five aboard. As she approached the Dart estuary steam and smoke came from the engine compartment. The engine was shut down and the extinguishers were activated. At the request of Falmouth Coastguard both Dart and Torbay lifeboats were launched. The Dart lifeboat put a crewman on board to confirm that there was no fire or excess heat and stood by until the Severn class all weather lifeboat from Torbay arrived. The Torbay lifeboat towed the yacht into Dartmouth and put her alongside the Town Quay. She was boarded by two fire crew from the Dartmouth Fire station who confirmed that there was no continuing problem.

Dartmouth Fire crew inspect 44ft training yacht towed in by Torbay ALB
Photo: John Fenton Dart LPO
Dartmouth Fire crew inspect 44ft training yacht towed in by Torbay ALB

Time

Request Received 10:46pm
Time at incident 54 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 23 minutes
Back on Service 12:20am

Conditions

Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction North
Wind Strength 12 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Rich Eggleton
Dean Nettleton

Shore Crew

Buster Hart (Tractor Driver)
Pete Callis
Mark Strudwick

Station address

RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Dartmouth
Devon TQ6 9RR

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