18 year old missing between Slapton Sands and Leonards Cove
Launch No: 479
Craft: Norma Ethel Vinall. B-825
Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Location: Between Slapton Sands and Blackpool Sands, Start Bay.
Photo: Andy Kyle
Launch 479. Dart RNLI B class on way to find missing swimmer
Dart RNLI was tasked by the Coastguard after a member of his family reported an 18 year old to be missing having set off from Slapton Sands. The B class lifeboat was launched to conduct a shore line search as dusk was beginning to fall. Dart RNLI D class lifeboat was sent as backup when he was not immediately found. The missing person was found at Lanacombe beach cold and tired. The D class lifeboat was beached on the sand and two members of the crew were put ashore to give casualty care. He was then taken to the Dartmouth Coastguard Rescue team on Blackpool Sands who in turn requested an Ambulance as he was very cold.
Time at incident
Time to recovery
1 hour, 47 minutes
Back on Service
Launch 479. The ais track of the Dart RNLI B class lifeboat