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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. Often a difficult exercise but successfully completed and many good lessons were learnt.
Just as the crews were setting off back to the boathouse we were tasked by the coastguard to investigate a dinghy adrift near the Mew Stone. In very choppy conditions Buster and his crew located the vessel and towed it back to the harbour. There was no indication on the vessel indicate to whom it belonged or where it came from. There was nothing to suggest it had been occupied when adrift so it was back to the boathouse for a session of cleaning Old Mill mud off the crew, boat and kit!
Our first shout of the year however was at 9.29pm on 11 January 2016. It was a dark night with heavy rain. A person ashore had heard a cry for help coming from the river opposite the Royal Castle Hotel. Fearing a person was in the water the lifeboat was launched and found the casualty safe and well on the Town Quay. He had become marooned on the visitors’ pontoon opposite the double steps, after abandoning a crossing of the river in a dinghy. He was picked up from the pontoon by the ferry.
We expect few calls for the lifeboat to launch at this time of year but it has not been a quiet time for the crew. Training both on the water and in-house continues as usual. Not only training, as all the team is involved in various events in support of our cause including the visits to the local Primary schools by our Educational team. The photo shows Haydn Glanvill at Stoke Fleming Primary.
Rich Eggleton and Chris Rampling, two of our crew, are in Poole from 7-12 February on a Search and Rescue command course. If successfully completely we hope they will be ready for assessment later in the year as Helmsmen.
The annual lifejacket check, free for all members of the public, will again be held at the lifeboat station on Saturday 12 March between 10am and 3pm.

Rob Clements. Lifeboat Operations Manager.

Chairman’s Corner
January is a month for getting away if you can, putting flesh on the planned events for the rest of the year and the occasional fundraising talk to keep us all amused. The talk for January was from our favourite fishmonger, Mark Lobb. Thank you to the organisers and to those who braved a January night to be there.
Of course, quietly working in the background are the staff of Sainsburys Dartmouth, for whom we are Local Charity of the Year. They held yet another successful Quiz Night at the store, raising more than £200 for RNLI Dart.
Bayard’s Cove Inn is hosting a Quiz, Raffle and Tapas Night starting at 6.30 on Thursday 18 February in aid of RNLI Dart. The organiser, once again, is Eiran Higgins and I can guarantee it will be a fun night and brilliant value at only £10 per head. Get your tickets in advance from Bayards Cove Inn.
Fairly soon our Membership Secretary, Anne Walton, will be pestering all of our “Friends” for your annual membership fee. If you are reading this and are not yet a local “Friend“ of RNLI Dart, please consider joining. All the membership money raised is spent on the station web site and Dart D’Tales magazine, both of which are full of news and events to do with RNLI Dart.
Important dates for your diaries are the Branch AGM on 21 April, a bucket collection at Sainsburys on 29 April, Sink our Ship at the Boat Float at 1200 on 30 April and a Flag Day collection round Dartmouth and Kingswear on 3 May. More details closer to the time.
An innovation for this year will be a Volunteers Recruiting Fair at Flavel Church on Saturday 21 May, co-sponsored by us and the South Hams Community Volunteering Service. This started as an event just for RNLI Dart to recruit people as crew, operations team, for the Visitor Centre and for the Fundraising Team. However I have extended an invitation to all other volunteer run organisations in the Dartmouth area to take a stall if they wish, completely free of charge. I know that many of you are involved with other local charities and organisations. Please pass the word to get in touch with me at if they wish to reserve a pitch.

Ed Featherstone

RNLI Visitor Centre, Dartmouth

My team and I are delighted to have re-opened our doors for 2016 and are looking forward to a very busy year. We are currently opening 7 days a week from 11am to 4pm; very quiet at the moment, but hopefully February half term will bring more visitors.
Our visitors will have a lot to see. The visitor centre is now full of exciting and interesting exhibits that cover many aspects of the RNLI; our lifeboats, sea safety, local knowledge and history. We have large screen TV's showing a variety of films, some local rescues and other rescue stories from around the country. We also have, of course, our shop that continues to sell a wide variety of cards, gifts and supporter souvenirs.
We are now planning our official opening ceremony. Details are still being ironed out, but I can confirm that it will take place at the end of March. We are planning a small but special ceremony that we hope will include all of our volunteers and crew. We also hope that coverage of our event in local press and TV will raise our profile and encourage many new visitors to Dartmouth as well as our regular visitors.

Tracey Lucas. Volunteer Visitor Centre Manager.


Posted on Sat 13 Feb 2016 by John Fenton LPO

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