19' Ski Boat with Mechanical Failure

Launch No: 237
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 9 August 2015
Location: Two cables west of Froward Point
Photo: Andy Kyle
Ski boat with 8 on board towed in by Dart lifeboat

Dart Lifeboat was on a training exercise when tasked by Falmouth Coastguard to assist a 19' Ski boat which had suffered mechanical failure near Froward Point. There were four males, three females and a child onboard. Lifeboat crewman Dean Nettleton was able to board the ski boat and attach a towing line.The boat was towed into Dartmouth Harbour and moored at the visitors raft pontoon. The eight occupants of the boat were safely transferred by the Lifeboat to another pontoon with shore access.


Request Received 10:23am
Time at incident 39 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 37 minutes
Back on Service 12:20pm


Sea/River State Smooth
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength 4-6 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Jamie Mathys (Helm)
Ty Hall
Dean Nettleton

Shore Crew

Steve Wallis (Tractor Driver)

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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