Multi agency search for missing person

Launch No: 364
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 22 December 2018
Location: Dartmouth Harbour. The River Dart and the Range.
Dart RNLI D class lifeboat searching Dartmouth Harbour
Photo: Andy Kyle
Dart RNLI D class lifeboat searching Dartmouth Harbour

The Falmouth Coastguard was alerted by the public of their concerns for a person who lived on a boat in the harbour and was overdue for work. The RNLI Dart D class lifeboat was launched and was joined by the RNLI Dart Atlantic 75, the Coastguard SAR teams from Dartmouth, Prawle and Berry Head, the Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 and the RNLI Severn class lifeboat from Torbay. Rescue 187 arrived on scene at 16.32 and the Torbay lifeboat launched at 17.15 to assist.
The Dart lifeboats searched Dartmouth Harbour, the river Dart up to Dittisham and out into the range. The empty dinghy belonging to the missing person was found adrift in the harbour at 16.30. Torbay lifeboat searched Dartmouth harbour and then upstream to the Anchor Stone. The lifeboats were stood down around 22.00 after an unsuccessful search.

Torbay RNLI Severn class lifeboat searching Dartmouth harbour
Photo: Andy Kyle
Torbay RNLI Severn class lifeboat searching Dartmouth harbour
Coastguard helicopter Rescue 187 searching Dartmouth harbour
Photo: Andy Kyle
Coastguard helicopter Rescue 187 searching Dartmouth harbour

Time

Request Received 3:07pm
Time at incident 6 hour, 42 minutes
Time to recovery 7 hour, 3 minutes
Back on Service 10:30pm

Conditions

Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 3 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Yorkie Lomas
Stuart Millard

Shore Crew

Mark Strudwick (Tractor Driver)

Station address

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

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