Dinghy reported adrift in the harbour.

Launch No: 375
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Friday, 8 March 2019
Location: Dartmouth harbour
Boat found adrift and brought ashore
Photo: John Fenton. RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer
Boat found adrift and brought ashore

The crew of the lower ferry reported that they had found an empty dinghy adrift close to their path on the Kingswear side of the river. The RNLI Dart D class lifeboat was launched, retrieved the dinghy and took it to the lower ferry slipway on the Dartmouth side. The engine was warm and in the down position but no ignition key was in place. There was the possibility that someone had turned off the engine and then fallen in, so the lifeboat searched the Dartmouth shoreline in the dark from the ferry slip towards Warfleet, the area of the Darthaven marina and the river. The Dartmouth Coastguard SAR team also searched the shoreline and the pontoons.
The dinghy belonged to a "Live aboard" on the Kingswear side of the river who had borrowed the unmarked dinghy as his was being serviced and he was unaware that it was adrift.

RNLI Dart crew searching Dartmouth Harbour after boat found adrift.
Photo: RNLI/Andy Kyle.
RNLI Dart crew searching Dartmouth Harbour after boat found adrift.

Time

Request Received 9:22pm
Time at incident 25 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 5 minutes
Back on Service 10:47pm

Conditions

Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 17 knots
Ais track of D_702. Pick up dinghy and Harbour search

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Caleb Brown
Crispin Brabner

Shore Crew

Buster Hart (Tractor Driver)
Dani Lodge
Kevin Murphy
Chris Rampling

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Dartmouth
Devon TQ6 9RR

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