News update

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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 in the Dartmouth Yacht Club seeking volunteers in August 2004. It is thanks to his skill and guidance that the station has become one that the RNLI can be proud of. It its 10 short years of life we have launched 281 times and saved 10 lives. Rob hands over to Mark Strudwick on 1st April. Mark, who volunteered at the same inaugural meeting, is currently a Deputy Launch Authority and Mechanic and looks after the lifeboat and tractor engines and anything mechanical in the station. In his other life he can usually be found as skipper of one of the Dartmouth Castle Ferries.
Rob can’t quite manage to let go and will continue to support Mark as a Deputy Launch Authority.
Latest Launch.
There cannot be many who have not heard that we launched on March 22 to provide safety cover and to assist the divers from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team. If you have not seen the video on our local web site, and access to even more information on the Facebook link on our front page, do have a look. The video of the diver hanging onto the fishing boat with one hand while he has one foot on the whale’s back as he cuts the rope holding it to the seabed is breathtaking. It appeared on Spotlight and ITV local news and the video on the main RNLI News Centre was seen over 370,000 times on the first day. All thanks are due to Yorkie Lomas, crewman on the inshore lifeboat, who resorted to using the video on the Pentax waterproof camera as the helmet cam footage had run out after three and a half hours. Blast Film productions have already been gathering material to incorporate it into the next series of Seaside Rescue on the BBC in the autumn.
The Life Jacket Clinic.
The continuing aim of the RNLI is to reduce deaths by drowning around our coast. One recurring local initiative is our annual free life jacket clinic. This year’s event is to be held in the lifeboat station on Coronation Park on Saturday 1st April from 10am to 3pm. The team from Ocean safety will examine and inflate the jackets and the Darthaven Chandlery will be on hand to sell any spares found to be required.
Dart D’Tales.
Last but not least is the news of DDT. Under the recent charity guidelines we are no longer able to distribute our in-house magazine as we did before. Due to the generous support of Mark Simpson, owner of By the Dart, we have been offered two pages in each of the six editions of BTD a year. We will still need to find one advertiser per issue and the advert will be incorporated into the RNLI pages and will be acknowledged as supporting the local RNLI input. If you know of any advertiser who might be interested please contact me and we can get started.
This news update is a copy of the one sent to those who have chosen to “opt in” to receive news from the RNLI team in Dartmouth. The difference is that this web version can only carry one photograph whilst the email version had several. I apologise for the fact that it has been a long time coming and even now the email list is not complete. All those who received our news in the past but have not opted back in have been deleted. It is always possible to opt in by using the Contact us tab on this web site or by filling in a form at the RNLI Visitor Centre on the South Embankment.

John Fenton
RNLI Dart Lifeboat Press Officer

Posted on Fri 31 Mar 2017 by John Fenton Dart Lifeboat Press officer

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