12m motor boat reported, mistakenly, to be on fire.

Launch No: 393
Craft: Joan Bate. B-794
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Location: 1.5 miles south of Blackpool Sands. Start bay.

Five local people were on board a 12m, 8tonne, motor cruiser for a shake down exercise when their engine failed. There was a considerable amount of smoke and an onlooker on shore reported it to the Falmouth Coastguard as a boat on fire. Very shortly before that the skipper of the boat had spoken to Darthaven marina where the boat was kept and also to a member of the RNLI Dart lifeboat crew who organised a Self launch of the RNLI Dart Atlantic 75 lifeboat.
The casualty craft was easily identified 1.5miles off Blackpool Sands and crewman Tom Shanley was put on board to help set up the tow. The boat was returned to Darthaven marina.


Request Received 6:32pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 0 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 38 minutes
Back on Service 8:20pm


Sea/River State Slight Swell
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength

Lifeboat Crew

Jamie Mathys (Helm)
Chris Rampling
Tom Shanley

Shore Crew

Will Davis
Karl Guess

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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