Medevac of solo yachtsman at 2am. A life saved

Launch No: 400
Friday, 26 July 2019
Location: Mooring off Parson's Mud. River Dart.
RNLI Dart crew returning to shore at 3am
Photo: John Fenton. RNLI Dart Lifeboat Press officer
RNLI Dart crew returning to shore at 3am

The Falmouth Coastguard received an emergency call from a yachtsman alone in his boat  on a swinging mooring on the River Dart between Dartmouth and Dittisham. He feared that he had a recurrence of a serious condition when the treatment that had been prescribed had not helped. The RNLI Dart D class lifeboat was launched eleven minutes later and was alongside six minutes after that.  Having assessed the casualty and treated him appropriately the crew transferred him to the care of the Dartmouth Coastguard SAR team who were waiting on the Dittisham pontoon with an ambulance close by to take him to Torbay Hospital. The RNLI has since recognised this launch as, working with other organisations, a life saved.
The new D class lifeboat has got off to a flying start having already carried out two medical evacuations since her arrival on 10 July. She will be officially handed over to the RNLI by her donors at a Naming Ceremony on Coronation Park, Dartmouth at 2pm on Sunday 4 August. The public are very welcome to attend.

D838 with her RNLI Dart crew returned to the lifeboat station.
Photo: John Fenton. RNLI Dart Lifeboat Press officer
D838 with her RNLI Dart crew returned to the lifeboat station.

Time

Request Received 1:54am
Time at incident 41 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 5 minutes
Back on Service 3:15am

Conditions

Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength 2-4 knots
ais track of D 838 26 July 2019

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Jamie Mathys (Helm)
Mark Conroy
Ewen Menzies

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Lee Darch
Buster Hart
Kevin Murphy
Chris Tracey

Station address

RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Dartmouth
Devon TQ6 9RR

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