20ft Motor Cruiser with engine problems needs a tow

Launch No: 435
Craft: Staines Whitfield. B-795
Thursday, 2 July 2020
Location: 1.5 miles south of Start Point
Photo: Sophie Rennie
Nearly there

Dart B Class lifeboat was requested to assist in locating a 20ft motor cruiser located, according to the owner. somewhere between Slapton Sands and Strete Gate. Once on scene, it was nowhere to be found. Then the owner called the coastguard on his mobile phone to say that he actually thought he was closer to Start Point. The Coastguard asked for some assistance from our flank station at Salcombe and whilst they were driving round, Dart ILB located the stricken vessel. Salcombe towed it as far as Slapton and then handed over the tow to Dart ILB. Vessel and owner were then safely landed at Darthaven Marina. 

Photo: Andy Kyle
Safely Landed


Request Received 1:15pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 45 minutes
Time to recovery 3 hour, 16 minutes
Back on Service 4:45pm


Sea/River State Slight
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 7-10 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Andy Pomeroy (Helm)
Caleb Brown
Karl Guess

Shore Crew

Karl Madge
Joseph Wesley

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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