Search for paddleboarder in strong winds

Launch No: 433
Craft: Dudley Jane. D-838
Sunday, 28 June 2020
Location: Between Redlap Cove and Leonards Cove. Start Bay
D838, Dudley Jane, on her way to search for a missing paddleboarder
Photo: David Bown
D838, Dudley Jane, on her way to search for a missing paddleboarder

Two ladies launched their paddleboards from Blackpool Sands. They were fine for their first hour, in spite of the gusty west-south-west wind and inshore surf. The younger lady made her way safely ashore but when she saw her 48 year old companion from Birmingham being swept eastwards towards a rocky shore, she called the Coastguard. Both RNLI Dart lifeboats were launched on the search as there was some uncertainty over the position of the second paddleboarder as she had been blown out of sight. She was found by the crew of the Atlantic 75 between Leonards Cove and Redlap Cove and taken onboard. She was taken back to Blackpool Sands. 
Due to the breaking surf, after discussion with the paddleboarder, it was decided to allow her to paddle the short distance to the shore, to be met by a member of the Coastguard team in his dry suit and secured to his companions on the shore.
The D class lifeboat arrived some five minutes after the paddleboarder had been picked up and stayed with the larger B class lifeboat which then accompanied her back to the Dart.

The paddleboarder was helped ashore by the Dartmouth Coastguard team.
Photo: John Fenton. RNLI Dart Lifeboat press officer
The paddleboarder was helped ashore by the Dartmouth Coastguard team.

Time

Request Received 1:18pm
Time at incident 24 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 7 minutes
Back on Service 2:40pm

Conditions

Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction West-Southwest
Wind Strength 17-21 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Yorkie Lomas
Tom Shanley

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Karl Madge
Dean Nettleton

Deputy Launch Authority

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

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