A jet skier set off alone from Exmouth at 8:30am on Saturday 12th of June and planned to reach Start Point and then return. He made several stops on the way and broke down in surf, close to Landcombe beach, west of Blackpool Sands. The RNLI Dart lifeboat, Norma Ethel Vinall B-825, was tasked to attend by the coastguard. The lifeboat crew asked several boats anchored in the vicinity if they had a means of re-starting his engine, but none had.
The Robert, a 47ft ex RNLI Watson lifeboat was anchored in the cove and the crew volunteered to add to the boats life-saving record by towing the jet ski back to Dartmouth. The Robert is the only RNLI lifeboat to have been stationed in all four countries covered by the RNLI. She served at Broughty Ferry 1960-78, Baltimore 1978-84, Lytham St Annes 1985-88 and Beaumaris 1989-91. According to the Lifeboats Past and Present magazine she is currently based in the Clyde but has been recently moored at Dart Marina.