Motor cruiser with steering failure

Launch No: 170
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Location: Off Lighthouse Beach, Dart Estuary

The Dart inshore lifeboat was on exercise when they were diverted by the Coastguard to assist a 13 metre motor cruiser with steering problems close to the rocks off Lighthouse Beach. The steering system had jammed hard to port. By switching the engine off and restarting, the problem was cleared and the sole occupant was escorted back to his berth at Darthaven Marina. Lifeboat crew; Andrew Pomeroy, helmsman. Ewen Menziies and Rachel Cole, crew. It was her first shout. Launch crew; Jim Brent Tractor Driver and Buster Hart.


Request Received 11:30am
Time at incident 21 minutes
Time to recovery 35 minutes
Back on Service 12:15pm


Sea/River State River Calm Ebbing tide
Wind Direction West-Southwest
Wind Strength 11-21 knots

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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