1st launch of Dart Atlantic 75 Lifeboat in 2 year trial.

Launch No: 358
Craft: Joan Bate. B-794
Friday, 2 November 2018
Location: Skerries Bank. Start Bay.
Dart Atlantic 75 leaves on her first shout.
Photo: Amy Gateley
Dart Atlantic 75 leaves on her first shout.

The Falmouth Coastguard requested the Dart RNLI Atlantic 75 to attend a 23 ft. Angling boat with two on board. They had been fishing on the Skerries bank, some five miles from Dartmouth, and their engine would not function. The Dart shore crew volunteers took the First Aid kit, VHF radios and a bag containing extra lifejackets down the pontoon to the Aquadock, closely followed by the lifeboat crew who prepared the boat and launched. The launch time was very similar to the time it would have taken to launch the Dart D class using a tractor.
The angling boat was quickly identified and the lifeboat crew could see that they had a line around their propeller. The Atlantic 75 was able to tow the boat back at nine knots, against the tide, and took her to Noss Marina where a crane immediately lifted the casualty vessel out of the water to sort out the problem.


Request Received 2:03pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 3 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 56 minutes
Back on Service 3:59pm


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction South
Wind Strength 7-10 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Lee Darch
Will Davis

Shore Crew

Pete Callis
Katy Sarah
Dani Lodge
Kevin Murphy

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