Retrieval of drifting dory

Launch No: 247
Monday, 26 October 2015
Location: Newfoundland Cove, Dart estuary
Dory found drifting in strong winds and failing light
Photo: Andy Kyle
Dory found drifting in strong winds and failing light

The National Coastwatch at Froward Point reported a dory adrift in Newfoundland Cove. A local yacht had been towing it when it broke adrift. They made repeated attempts to retrieve it without success. The Solent Coastguard requested the Dart inshore lifeboat to retrieve it as darkness was falling and a strong ebb tide was about to set in and it would be a danger to navigation. The lifeboat was able to attach a tow and having made contact with the owner took the dory to a Kingswear pontoon.

Time

Request Received 4:26pm
Time at incident 30 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 4 minutes
Back on Service 6:00pm

Conditions

Sea/River State Lumpy swell
Wind Direction Northwest
Wind Strength 7-28 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Aaron Spicer

Shore Crew

Stuart Millard (Tractor Driver)
Mark Strudwick

Station address

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

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