News update

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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. The life of a hypothermic kayaker was saved in May. The capsizing French trawlers hit the headlines in March and the rescue of a hen party aground on the mud in Old Mill Creek was one of two mud rescues carried out over the year, working with the Fire Rescue Service and the local Coastguards.
The Marine Accident Report on the grounding of the two trawlers in Dartmouth harbour [MAIBInvReport24_2016] only mentions the saving of the seamen involved briefly, but does praise the local SAR services for their speedy and safe rescues.

The size and weight of the various vessels requiring assistance that the Dart D class lifeboat has been called to is increasing. It will certainly rise further if the proposed development of the Premier Marina at Noss gets the go ahead. As a result our flank stations at Torbay and Salcombe are regularly tasked to our assistance. The motor yacht being brought in by the Torbay lifeboat in the photo weighed 13.6 tonnes. This was discussed at the five yearly Coast Review of the RNLI assets in the Dartmouth area, which occurred on 19 January.

Simon Crayfourd (note the spelling) became our new Area Lifesaving Manager on 1 January 2017. He will have responsibility for the lifeboat stations at Dart, Salcombe and Plymouth as well as the RNLI lifeguards in the area. The management structure of the RNLI has been changed in response to its aim to halve the number of deaths by drowning around our coasts. As Simon will have fewer assets to cover than our previous Divisional Operations Manager, Nigel Jones, he will be able to visit the station more frequently.

Dartmouth RNLI Visitor Centre.
The VC will be open between 11am and 3pm at weekends only from Jan 7 until the February half term. It will be open fully from 11 Feb. The Centre has more than met the expectations of the RNLI and is still leading the way as a pilot for centres being opened elsewhere.

Kingswear Primary was the first school to visit the Centre and the children subsequently carried out two weeks of course work based on their experiences. We hope other schools and organisations will follow their lead this year.
The volunteers have done a fantastic job and thoroughly enjoy their time at the Centre. There are still opportunities to join them on a regular or irregular basis.

There will be a Quiz Night in aid of RNLI Dart at the Dartmouth Arms on Tuesday 28 Feb. Please see the Events tab on this website for further details.
On Saturday 20 April at 1pm the lifeboat crew will be in the Boatfloat for their annual Sink or Swim event. Please support them.
Crispin Brabner, one of the latest volunteers to join the Dart lifeboat crew, is raising money for the RNLI by running in the London Marathon on Sunday 23 April. He hopes to complete the curse in under 3 hours. Please support him and the RNLI by donating on his Just Giving page.  

Dart D’Tales
in its current printed form has ended.  It may be possible for news of the Dart RNLI volunteers to appear in the local ‘By the Dart’ magazine and that possibility is currently being looked at. Notice of future events will be through Posters on the notice boards at the Lifeboat station and by the toilets on the South Embankment. News will also be in these email updates which usually appear every two months or so if you have asked for them. There will also be news of launches and events on the station Facebook page  and the number of Followers is increasing dramatically. News will of course also be on the local RNLI station website  Nothing stays the same however and we are currently running into problems with our web site. The software has been upgraded considerably and the whole site has to be reviewed. If anyone reading this has the time and expertise to be involved please email me at


Opting in
There have been many requests for our supporters to ‘Opt in’ to receive emails such as this one from the local RNLI at Dart.
You can ‘Opt in’ at any time in the future using forms at the Visitor Centre (weekends only until it re-opens fully after half term) or by using the ‘Opt in’ page on the Contact us tab on our web site, shown above.

Many thanks for all your support.

John Fenton
RNLI Dart Lifeboat Press Officer.

Posted on Mon 6 Feb 2017 by John Fenton Dart Lifeboat Press Officer

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