Guy Cotton, a local boatman who lives and works on the Dart, noticed that a 45 ft. sloop, the Connemara Rose was low in the water at her mooring in Dartmouth harbour. He boarded her and tried to reduce the water in the boat with a small pump. When this was unsuccessful he called the Coastguard who diverted the RNLI inshore lifeboat from their Sunday morning training exercise to assist.
The lifeboat crew brought a larger pump and were able to stabilise the situation. One of the crew was up to his waist in water inside the boat as he searched for the leak. Guy Cotton and a DHNA launch then towed the sloop to the DHNA works at Hoodown where the addition of a third pump reduced the water in the boat to a level where a crewman could plug the leaks.
Lifeboat crew; Helmsman Kevin Murphy and crewmen Haydn Glanvill and Yorkie Lomas