28 foot Motorboat with engine failure

Launch No: 269
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Monday, 29 August 2016
Location: Western Blackstone. Start Bay.
Photo: Andy Kyle

A 28 foot motorboat with four adults and three young children onboard, suffered an engine failure close to the Dancing Beggars. Following their request for help to the Coastguard, the large RIB, Sharktopus, took them in tow and was met at the Western Blackstone by the RNLI inshore lifeboat. The RIB brought the motorboat into the river mouth where the lifeboat took over the tow and took them to the Visitor's pontoon at Darthaven.


Request Received 4:49pm
Time to recovery 53 minutes
Back on Service 6:10pm


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 4-10 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Aaron Spicer
Lee Darch

Shore Crew

Stuart Millard (Tractor Driver)
Katy Sarah
Yorkie Lomas

Deputy Launch Authority

Station address

RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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RNLI Visitor Centre
9 South Embankment (Ground Floor)
Devon TQ6 9BH

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01803 832423

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