News Archive

  • Latest News
  • Mon 14th Aug 2017
  • Regatta Exercises The Salcombe Tamar lifeboat launched her Y boat during the exercise at the 2016 Regatta.There will be two RNLI Exercises taking place over Regatta this year involving the RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat, the Torbay Severn class all-weather-lifeboat, the... Read more >>
  • News update
  • Wed 31st May 2017
  • RNLI Visitor Centre volunteers became honorary members of the RNLI Flood Relief team.There are three members of the RNLI Dart lifeboat crew who are also members of the RNLI South Division Flood Rescue team but when Jo and Harry Escott... Read more >>
  • News update
  • Fri 31st Mar 2017
  • Rob Clements is on the right of the photo and Mark Strudwick is on the left.Rob has been the Dart Lifeboat Operations Manager since the 1st of January 2005 and he first volunteered for the role at the inaugural meeting... Read more >>
  • News update
  • Mon 6th Feb 2017
  • Operational report.There were 29 shouts in 2016. This is also the average number of times we have been called out over the last nine years. Three launches made the news, nationally and internationally, in 2016. Read more >>
  • July 2016 Update
  • Sun 31st Jul 2016
  • RNLI Dart July 2016 update.News from the RNLI Visitor Centre.Paul Boissier, Chief Executive Officer of the RNLI, and his wife Sue, paid an unofficial visit to the Visitor Centre and the Dart lifeboat station on Tues 19 July. Read more >>
  • RNLI Dart update May 2016
  • Fri 29th Apr 2016
  • Commander Ed Featherstone is thanked by Commodore Jake Moores at the Branch AGM Read more >>
  • Latest News
  • Sat 13th Feb 2016
  • On Sunday 7 February we had ten volunteer crew out on the water in the lifeboat and a support vessel. We had decided to try the rescue of a casualty in the mud at Old Mill Creek. Read more >>
  • December 2015 update
  • Thu 31st Dec 2015
  • December Operations Update.Our only ‘shout’ last month was on 8th November at 1015 just as the crew were getting into their Sunday best to attend the Remembrance Day parade through the town. Read more >>
  • Visitor Centre opening
  • Sun 6th Dec 2015
  • Members of the RNLI Dart lifeboat team had a pre-view on Friday 4 December. Read more >>
  • November 2015 update
  • Mon 9th Nov 2015
  • Retrieving the semi-submerged dory off Newfoundland Cove.. Read more >>
  • September 2015 update
  • Wed 16th Sep 2015
  • Ewen Menzies takes the helm whilst training in Dartmouth harbour.Operational update September 2015.It was suggested in the August Ops update that life was surprisingly quiet for the lifeboat crew. We should have known better. Read more >>
  • August 2015 update
  • Wed 26th Aug 2015
  • RNLI Dart monthly update. August 2015 Read more >>
  • July 2015 update
  • Tue 28th Jul 2015
  • Operational update. Read more >>
  • May 2015 update
  • Mon 4th May 2015
  • Operations.Our boat, Spirit of the Dart, D702 has returned to station from a refit at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre at Cowes. We are glad to see her back and thank D710 from the relief fleet for standing in.The Spring weather... Read more >>
  • March 2015 monthly update
  • Tue 31st Mar 2015
  • The annual free Life Jacket Clinic will be held at the Dart Lifeboat Station from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 11 April. The lifejackets will be tested by the professional Ocean Safety team from Plymouth. Read more >>
  • Awards to fundraisers January 2015
  • Wed 28th Jan 2015
  • Left to right; Clare Thorp, Jo Escott and Jamie Mathys. Read more >>
  • November 2014 update
  • Fri 28th Nov 2014
  • Operations UpdateDart Lifeboat’s last launch on service was on 11th November to an 18m ex-trawler which was reported to be sinking. The vessel was on a remote mooring at Noss. Read more >>
  • September 2014 update
  • Sun 14th Sep 2014
  • August is a busy month for Dart Lifeboat and this year was no exception with 5 launches.5th August we launched in response to a ‘Mayday’ from an 18’ motor cruiser which had lost power close to the rocks at Inner... Read more >>
  • August 2014 update
  • Fri 25th Jul 2014
  • The crew were called out 4 times in July but on the last occasion the missing child was found almost immediately and the crew were stood down. Two fishing boats developed engine problems and were towed in. Read more >>
  • Dart RNLI Lifeboat Gala Dinner
  • Tue 27th May 2014
  • Lt. to Rt. Mitch Tonks, Seahorse Restaurant. Chris Tracey, RNLI Dart lifeboat helmsman, Kirk Gosden, Chef at Rockfish, Kevin John, RNLI Dart lifeboat crewman.RNLI DINNER AND AUCTION OF PROMISES WITH DAVID DIMBLEBY Guests at the RNLI Dart Lifeboat Gala Dinner... Read more >>
  • May 2014 update
  • Thu 24th Apr 2014
  • Jeanne Stevens, Friend of the RNLI Salcombe lifeboats, in the Salcombe RNLI shop Read more >>
  • April 2014 monthly update
  • Sat 5th Apr 2014
  • Fighting the fire on the African Queen.Operationally March was a spectacular month.  Having only attended one minor boat fire in six and a half years there were two major fires within five nights, regrettably resulting in the total loss of... Read more >>
  • 4 March 2014 update
  • Tue 4th Mar 2014
  • Happy Birthday. Today, 4 March 2014, is the 190th anniversary of the founding of the RNLI. Sir William Hillary is credited with founding the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, which, thirty years later was renamed the... Read more >>
  • Feb 2014 update
  • Wed 12th Feb 2014
  • The lifeboat crew launched in the dark and near gale force winds on Friday 7 Feb. to help search for a vulnerable person who had gone missing from Totnes. Read more >>
  • January 2014 update
  • Thu 23rd Jan 2014
  • We had three Shouts over the Christmas period. Two were within two hours of each other on the morning of 23 December. The third was on 30 Dec to help a local yacht that had lost power and was struggling... Read more >>
  • December 2013 update
  • Fri 6th Dec 2013
  • Breaking news; On the night that Nelson Mandela died (5 Dec) the RNLI Flood Rescue volunteers from Dart along with volunteer crew from the following lifeboat stations – St Agnes, Looe, Appledore, Exmouth, Weymouth, Swanage and Burnham on Sea were... Read more >>
  • Party in the Park
  • Sat 12th Oct 2013
  • Party in the Park hailed as a great success. Read more >>
  • October 2013 update
  • Thu 3rd Oct 2013
  • Monty Halls and Rachel Cole were extremely disappointed to have to make the decision to turn back on their Grace Darling Memorial row. Having faced head winds all the way they decided to turn back nine miles short of their... Read more >>
  • Grace Darling Memorial row
  • Tue 27th Aug 2013
  • Dartmouth based BBC Presenter Monty Halls and fisherman’s daughter Rachel Cole are to take on an epic record attempt in the memory of those they have lost. On September 7th 1838 the paddle steamer SS Forfarshire hit rocks during a ferocious... Read more >>
  • August 2013 monthly update
  • Wed 24th Jul 2013
  • Launch requests are definitely up with six in June and five so far in July.Since the last update we launched to save the charter boat Alucia which was holed after striking a rock at Coombe Point. Read more >>
  • July 2013 monthly update
  • Thu 4th Jul 2013
  • Life is waking up on the river and the number of shouts has gone up as a consequence. The crew, as well as family and friends of Jim Brent, RNLI tractor driver and Publican of the Ship in Dock, were... Read more >>
  • Dart RNLI June 2013 monthly update
  • Thu 13th Jun 2013
  • There have been three call-outs in recent days. A small boat was towing in a yacht with a stalled engine when they themselves began to run short of fuel. Read more >>
  • Sink Our Ship, preferably with donations!
  • Sat 19th Jan 2013
  • Crewmen from the Dart lifeboat manned a liferaft in the Dartmouth Boatfloat last Saturday. It was in aid of the annual RNLI SOS fundraising event. This year locally raised money will go towards the on-going costs of running the Dart station. Read more >>
  • Quadrille's voyage to the Azores completed successfully.
  • Thu 26th Jul 2012
  • Dennis Courtney and James Taylor's cruise in Quadrille to the Azores and back was completed successfully. It was not only a great achievement by the 80 year old skipper and his crew but they had great fun as well. Read more >>
  • Tree falls on Lifeboat station
  • Mon 30th Apr 2012
  • Dart crew were sent a unique pager alert. “Tree down on lifeboat station. Testing pagers. Did you receive this?” The alarm was raised at 7.30 this morning as 60mph gusts were recorded in Dartmouth harbour. Read more >>
  • Dart lifejacket clinic
  • Mon 16th Apr 2012
  • Dart Lifeboat Station held their annual Lifejacket Clinic on Saturday 21 April. John Yunnie, Sea Safety Officer for the Dart lifeboat and his colleague from Totnes, Max Majendie, had arranged the clinic and John said he was very pleased with... Read more >>
  • SOS 2012
  • Wed 15th Feb 2012
  • Friday 27 Jan was the RNLI’s national SOS fundraising day. As in previous years we ran events on the day, but also were active before and after the day itself.The aim this year is for each lifeboat station to raise enough money to... Read more >>
  • Great River Race challenge accomplished
  • Wed 21st Sep 2011
  • Eleven members of the Dart RNLI lifeboat crew have returned, exhilarated but aching, from taking part in the Great River Race on the Thames on Saturday 17 September.There were over 300 craft taking part including gigs, cutters, whalers, longboats and... Read more >>
  • Dart crew enter the Great River Race
  • Tue 23rd Aug 2011
  • Ten RNLI crewmen from Dartmouth are preparing to row the four and a half ton Ryder lifeboat for 21 miles from London Docklands to Richmond-on-Thames in the Great River Race on Saturday 17 September. Read more >>
  • SOS day with the Dart RNLI
  • Fri 28th Jan 2011
  • Yes, it's come round again! Next year (2011) SOS Day falls on Friday 28 January, and the overall theme for the charity's biggest fundraising day is rowing! Read more >>
  • Source-to-the-Sea
  • Tue 10th Aug 2010
  • Magnificent effort by Dart RNLI lifeboat crew as they conquer the Source to the Sea challenge Read more >>
  • Joint Training Exercise
  • Tue 6th Jul 2010
  • A joint training exercise with Dart lifeboat, RNLI Lifeguards and Dartmouth Coastguard teams took place on 6 July 2010. Read more >>
  • Dart RNLI stand by defiant swimmer
  • Wed 17th Mar 2010
  • The volunteer crew of the Dart RNLI inshore lifeboat were gathered at their weekly meeting yesterday evening (Tuesday 16 March) when a call came in reporting that a lone swimmer was attempting to make it across the river. Read more >>
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