14 ft motor cruiser rescued from lee shore

Launch No: 176
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 22 June 2013
Location: Opposite Higher Gurrow Point. River Dart

The Dart inshore lifeboat was tasked by the Coast Guard to assist a couple in a 14ft motor boat that had run out of fuel. They had been blown onto the lee shore of the river at Dittisham close to the Waddington boathouse. They had been in the water for 30 minutes trying to hold their boat off the rocks. A lifeboat crewman waded to them with a towrope and they were towed to the visitors pontoon at Dittisham. They were very cold and were taken safely ashore to dry off and warm up. Lifeboat crew; Richard Eggleton, helmsman. Haydn Glanvill and Kevin John, crewmen. Launch crew; Mark Strudwick, tractor driver. Bob Thomas crew.


Request Received 6:01pm
Time at incident 22 minutes
Time to recovery 54 minutes
Back on Service 7:15pm


Sea/River State River Choppy Light rain
Wind Direction West-Southwest
Wind Strength 22-27 knots

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