12 metre yacht asks for help in Start Bay

Launch No: 107
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Location: 1.5 miles SSE of Homestone buoy. Start Bay

The Dart inshore lifeboat was tasked by the Coast Guard to assist a 12 metre yacht which had developed engine failure and difficulty making way under sail into Dartmouth harbour. As the lifeboat was just completing their previous task they refueled at the quayside before attending the yacht. In view of the size of the yacht it was decided that the survey vessel Sea Vigil would tow the yacht to the harbour mouth. There the lifeboat took over the tow and took her to the Kingswear Quay pontoon.


Request Received 3:15pm
Time at incident 41 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 21 minutes
Back on Service 4:47pm


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction South
Wind Strength 5 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Andy Carter
Chris Tracey

Shore Crew

Jerry Gilby (Tractor Driver)

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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