Yacht goes aground at Torcross at night

Launch No: 386
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Location: Torcross Beach. Start Bay
The beached yacht was escorted back to Dartmouth
Photo: Andy Kyle
The beached yacht was escorted back to Dartmouth

The Falmouth Coastguard tasked both Dart RNLI lifeboats when a 32ft yacht requested help having been driven onto the beach at Torcross, Start Bay. The Dart RNLI D class lifeboat was tasked as she would be able to land crew on the beach if necessary, rather than from  the B class lifeboat. The RNLI all weather lifeboat from Salcombe was also asked to attend but was stood down  as she passed Start Point when the Dart lifeboats arrived on scene and assessed the situation. The yacht with a single handed sailor on board was towed off the beach by the B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat. The yachtsman was then able to motor to the Town Pontoon in Dartmouth Harbour, escorted by the two lifeboats.


Request Received 10:16pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 40 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 22 minutes
Back on Service 12:55am


Sea/River State Slight Swell
Wind Direction Northwest
Wind Strength 6 knots
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Lifeboat Crew

Andy Pomeroy (Helm)
Crispin Brabner
Dean Nettleton

Shore Crew

Mark Conroy (Tractor Driver)
Rich Eggleton
Haydn Glanvill
Chris Rampling

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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