20 foot yacht adrift in 25 knot winds

Launch No: 278
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Location: Dartmouth Harbour
Photo: Andy Kyle

The Coastguard tasked the RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat to aid a 20 ft Hurley yacht attempting to sail from Dawlish to Plymouth. The shrouds had reportedly broken and they had no engine power. They were found pinned to the lee shore 80 yards south of Bayards Fort. There were 2 adult males on board. The yacht was recovered and towed to the Town Quay jetty.


Request Received 7:14pm
Time to recovery 46 minutes
Back on Service 8:15pm


Sea/River State River Choppy
Wind Direction Northeast
Wind Strength 25 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Buster Hart

Shore Crew

Mark Strudwick (Tractor Driver)
Katy Sarah
Paul Manley

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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