The RN cutter from HMS Victory with 7 on board was sailing in the Dart Estuary when the sea became rough and the Regatta sailing races had just ben cancelled as gusts were reaching 49 Knots. The second sail could not be lowered and they were within 20 feet of the Mewstone, rowing hard when they put out a Pan Pan. The incident was observed by the National Coast Watch station at Froward Point who had already informed the Coastguard and then gave directions to the Coastguard for the Regatta safety boat Patronas who was the first to reach the incident. They towed them clear in a 7 foot swell with 2 foot waves. The ILB escorted them to the Dart Estuary and took over the tow. The cutter was towed to the Town Quay.