Six young people had borrowed a dinghy from the Town Jetty, Dartmouth to cross to Kingswear. The outboard engine failed and they began drifting out to sea in total darkness. Four decided to swim and try to tow the boat. When this failed they were able to get back on board without capsizing. A mobile was used to phone a Grandparent who alerted the Coastguard. They managed to grab the line of trots on the Kingswear side opposite Warfleet Creek from where they were found by the lifeboat. They were very cold but all conscious and grateful. They were taken to an Ambulance on the Kingswear pontoon and the vessel was returned to its berth in Dartmouth.
Lifeboat crew. Kevin Murphy Helmsman. Richard Eggleton and Yorkie Lomas crew.
Launch crew. Pete Callis Tractor. Monty Halls.