13.6tonne motor yacht with complete engine failure

Launch No: 276
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 10 December 2016
Location: One mile south east of the Dart estuary
Photo: Riki Bannister

A motor yacht with one on board lost all power one mile off the Dart estuary and called the Coastguard for assistance. The Dart D class inshore lifeboat was launched and on reaching the scene discovered that the vessel was 13.6 tonne and 10.6 metres long. The D class put a crewman on board and asked the Coastguard to page the Torbay Severn class lifeboat. The yacht had anchored with 140m of chain and had no power to lift it. The Torbay lifeboat brought the yacht into the harbour towing the anchor and once out of the swell two of the crew joined Chris Rampling on the yacht and raised the anchor chain. The yacht was then towed to her deep water mooring.


Request Received 1:39pm
Back on Service 4:35pm


Sea/River State 1.5m swell. Poor visibility due to rain
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength 7-11 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Yorkie Lomas

Shore Crew

Mark Strudwick (Tractor Driver)
Kevin Murphy
Paul Manley
Stuart Millard

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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