Photo: Crispin Brabner RNLI crew
Yacht tender drifting off Coombe Point, Start Bay
As the lifeboat Operations team were gathering at the lifeboat station for the annual free life jacket check for local boat owners the pagers sounded. A 3 metre yacht tender was reported floating off Coombe Point. The Dart D class inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by the Coastguard at Falmouth as it was a possible man overboard situation. The engine of the tender was in the down position and the cover was off. There was one paddle in the boat. The volunteer lifeboat crew conducted a sea and coastline search between Coombe Point and Dartmouth Castle in conjunction with the land based Dartmouth Coastguard SAR team.
A faint name was found on the tender and the harbour Authority found the owner of the yacht on the Town Pontoon about to sail to Plymouth. He reported that the engine of the tender had failed the previous evening and he had paddled himself ashore and left the tender tied up.