Dart RNLI attend mass rescue of 7 persons in the river

Launch No: 437
Craft: Dudley Jane. D-838
Sunday, 5 July 2020
Location: Sharpham
Photo: Dart Harbour
Sunken Sail Boat

Dart RNLI were tasked to assist in the rescue of initially 3 persons in the water after their 16ft sailing boat had capsized. Once on scene at Sharpham, they quickly ascertained that there had in fact been 7 persons on board, but the other 4 had swum ashore and waded through some pretty thick mud to safety on the bank of the River Dart. Dart D-Class plucked the 4 people from the mud bank and took them over to the Dart B-Class. All 7 were then taken back to Dittisham where they were met by Dart Coastguard. It turned out that the skipper had just raised the jib and main sail and then they were hit by a gust of wind and the vessel capsized. Dart Harbour then came to the rescue with strops and pumps and managed to lift the sailing boat out of the water. 

Photo: Dart Harbour
Successful recovery


Request Received 4:53pm
Time at incident 45 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 7 minutes
Back on Service 7:30pm


Sea/River State River Choppy
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength Force 4-6

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Karl Guess
Dean Nettleton

Shore Crew

Buster Hart (Tractor Driver)
Sophie Rennie

Deputy Launch Authority

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