Yacht with fouled anchor at Blackpool Sands

Launch No: 348
Saturday, 21 July 2018
Location: Blackpool Sands. Start Bay
Photo: John Fenton. Lifeboat Press Officer
Yacht with fouled anchor off Blackpool Sands

The skipper of a 30 ft. yacht with three on board requested help when he fouled his anchor whilst lying off Blackpool Sands. There was a steady southerly wind and he was lying off a lee shore. The lifeboat managed to rotate the yacht around the anchor point, but to no avail. The decision was made to attach a buoy to the anchor line and to cut it free. The Coastguard requested that the lifeboat escort the yacht to the entrance of Dartmouth Harbour as the yacht had no anchor to deploy in the event of engine failure. The yacht safely returned to harbour under motor.


Request Received 3:00pm
Time at incident 46 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 33 minutes
Back on Service 4:50pm


Sea/River State Slight to Moderate
Wind Direction South-Southwest
Wind Strength
Launch 348. Yacht with fouled anchor off Blackpool Sands.

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Caleb Brown
Haydn Glanvill

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Rich Eggleton
Katy Locke
Dani Lodge
Tom Shanley

Shore Crew

Rich Eggleton In his day job Rich works as a serving Merchant Navy Captain for a Norwegian Offshore company on board the new state of the art Service Operation Vessel Edda Passat￾, supporting Offshore wind farms. He is also one of the Marine Pilots for the River Dart.

Rich joined Dart Lifeboat in Dec 2011 after moving to the town. Prior to this he was on the crew at Tower Lifeboat in Central London. He has always been interested in the RNLI and enjoys being part of the team here at Dart.
Katy Locke Katy Locke joined Dart lifeboat as a crew member in April 2016 when she was 19. Having spent a lot of time coming to visit Dartmouth, her family decided to relocate and she has lived in the town since she was 8 years old. Katy joined the Dartmouth sea cadets two years later and spent a lot of time on the water. Since leaving college she has spent time travelling around the world but is about to start her training as a prison officer in Exeter. Katy loves the fact that she is able to be part of the RNLI so close to home and to be part of such a brilliant charity based on the water.
Dani Lodge Dani was brought up in Burnham on Sea and brought her boat to Dartmouth in 2015. She has lived aboard on the river ever since. She attends events around the country as a Bar Manager and as Event Security.
She is a volunteer on the Dart shore crew and is enjoying the training and getting to know the rest of the local RNLI team.
Tom Shanley Tom Shanley joined as crew member in April 2017. He was born in Salisbury and spent his childhood there whilst his father served in the army. He moved to Dartmouth in 2015 to work for his friends who had opened Bushell's Riverside that year. To this date Tom still works with them as restaurant manager at Riverside and their new restaurant Upper Deck. The RNLI has always been something Tom has long dreamed about, so to join was an absolute honour.

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