Three youths on a kayak trigger multi-agency rescue operation

Launch No: 394
Craft: Joan Bate. B-794
Thursday, 27 June 2019
Location: Blackpool Sands. Start Bay
RNLI Dart Atlantic 75 on her way to Blackpool Sands
Photo: David Bown/RNLI
RNLI Dart Atlantic 75 on her way to Blackpool Sands

Three young men launched in a kayak from Blackpool Sands into strong onshore waves and wind. The alarm was raised by a visiting holidaymaker as they were swept away towards the rocks below Matts Point. The staff at the Venus Café called the Coastguard and the local Dartmouth Coastguard SAR team were deployed as well as the RNLI Dart B class Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat and the RNLI Dart D class. The Coastguard helicopter, with a casualty onboard bound for Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, was diverted to pinpoint the position of the youths. Waves were reaching half way up the cliffs surrounding the cove as the three decided to try and swim ashore and were dumped on the beach by the waves. As the lifeboats arrived off the cove they managed to climb the steps unaided to the Coastguard team who had also just arrived. Back at Blackpool Sands two of the three were assessed by a First Aid trained crewman, Mark Conroy, who had swum ashore from the Atlantic B class. The youngest of the three was sent to hospital by ambulance for further assessment.

Waves at the entrance to Jenny's Cove where the kayakers came ashore
Photo: Riki Bannister. RNLI Dart Assistant Lifeboat Press officer.
Waves at the entrance to Jenny's Cove where the kayakers came ashore
The casualties being assessed by RNLI lifeboat crewman Mark Conroy.
Photo: Riki Bannister. RNLI Dart Assistant Lifeboat Press officer.
The casualties being assessed by RNLI lifeboat crewman Mark Conroy.

Time

Request Received 5:36pm
Time at incident 26 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 4 minutes
Back on Service 7:04pm

Conditions

Sea/River State Moderate
Wind Direction Northeast
Wind Strength 21 knots (Gusts: 27

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Caleb Brown
Mark Conroy

Shore Crew

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North Embankment
Dartmouth
Devon TQ6 9RR

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