1960's RNLI lifeboat helps stranded jet skier

Launch No: 467
Craft: Norma Ethel Vinall. B-825
Saturday, 12 June 2021
Location: Landcombe Cove Start Bay
Photo: John Fenton Dart RNLI LPO
Ex RNLI lifeboat The Robert in Landcombe Cove

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.

Photo: Andy Kyle
The Robert an Ex RNLI Watson lifeboat tows in jet ski


Request Received 2:10pm
Time at incident 36 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 16 minutes
Back on Service 3:26pm


Sea/River State Sea Calm
Wind Direction West-Southwest
Wind Strength 1-6 knots
L477 B_825 ais track

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Jamie Mathys
Dean Nettleton
Aaron Spicer

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

Chris Wallace

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