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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 Salcombe Tamar class all-weather-lifeboat and the Dartmouth Coastguard Search and Rescue team.
On Friday 25 August the exercise with the Torbay lifeboat will be from 6.30pm until 7pm. After that the lifeboats will be open to the public on the Town Pontoon until 8pm.
The Saturday exercise with the Salcombe lifeboat will be at 1pm until 1.30pm and the lifeboats will be open until 3pm.
The exercises will take place downstream of the Town Pontoon, opposite the RNLI Visitor Centre.

RNLI Dart and Salcombe to feature in TV documentary series
The volunteer lifeboat crew of Dart and Salcombe RNLI will be on TV screens as they feature in the 4th episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
The 12-part documentary series is being shown on BBC Two on Wednesdays at 8pm and features real rescues carried out by the charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland, including the release of the humpbacked whale off Blackpool Sands in which the Dart and Salcombe lifeboats were involved.
From the remote and rugged coastline of Aith in the Shetlands, to the packed sands of Woolacombe in Devon, the series gives a unique insight into the lives and work of the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew members and lifeguards, who rescue thousands of people and save hundreds of lives around our coastline and on the River Thames every year.
Following the success of the four-part first series, which was broadcast last year, this series features more episodes and more real-life rescue footage, accompanied by heart-warming and emotive testimonials from the crew, lifeguards and the people they rescue.
The series has been filmed over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited. Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 8,643 people, saving 431 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards responded to 17,414 incidents and saved 127 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.
Saving Lives at Sea is broadcast weekly from Wednesday 16 August to Wednesday 1 November on BBC Two at 8pm. The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.

This summer has seen a magnificent increase in the funds raised locally for the RNLI and the Dart lifeboat in particular.
Dart RNLI has had plenty to celebrate recently, including a £14,181 donation from Mitch Tonks and diners at his Rockfish seafood restaurant in Dartmouth. This sum alone will cover nearly 40 per cent of the current year's overall operational running costs of the lifeboat station.
Rockfish has been open in Dartmouth for six years and the restaurant is next door to the more recently opened RNLI Visitor Centre on the South Embankment. Diners are asked if they would like to add £1 to their bill for the charity and Mitch Tonks then supplements this.
The other Rockfish restaurants are in Brixham, Torquay, Plymouth and most recently Exmouth. He
supports local community benefiting charities through each of them.
The celebrity chef has specified that £2,000 of the donation will be specifically set aside to help develop a new website for the lifeboat station. By this November, the station will have been operational for 10 years and the website sets out the history of the station and details of every one of the 300-or-so lifeboat launches.

The annual RNLI Fete in the Royal Avenue Gardens was held on a sunny but blustery day and raise £1528, £200 more than last year. Our thanks to all who supported the event, the many stall holders, the Tea Hut ladies and the crew who took time off work to erect and dismantle the marquee, move tables and generally talk to the public about their volunteering roles.

The Flag day was equally successful; £1160 was collected and there are plans to position the collectors even more efficiently next year.

Join us on Saturday 9 September for 3 hour evening cruise and a picnic on the steam driven “Kingswear Castle” in aid of RNLI Dart. Bring your own picnic. Only 80 tickets will be sold so that everyone can be under shelter if they wish. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for the under 16’s and can be obtained from the RNLI Visitor Centre. The paddle steamer will leave the Town Jetty at 5.30pm promptly.

This year is heading towards being our busiest yet. Yesterday’s launch to a day-fishing boat with engine failure was our 26th call out this year. Another record that was broken was the distance to a yacht that had an electrical fire and so lost their ability to pin point their position. They thought they were 4 miles offshore but the Dart crew found them 8.4 miles out to sea. Fortunately Torbay all-weather-lifeboat was also at hand and towed the yacht to Brixham.
Two separate yachtsmen fell from their craft and spent a considerable time in the Dart. The first was found by Dart Sailability clinging onto his yacht’s stepladder which was in the up position. The second was Simon Burton who fell from his Rib at Blackness Marine and was unable to get back onto the pontoon. Fortunately he was wearing his lifejacket but became very cold before help arrived to get him out. His wife had called the Coastguard immediately he went in and the lifeboat crew were on the scene very quickly to treat his developing cold water shock. An article concerning this rescue will hopefully be in the Dartmouth Chronicle on 19 August.

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Posted on Mon 14 Aug 2017 by John Fenton RNLI Dart Lifeboat Press Officer

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