3.25tonne angling boat adrift near the Mewstone

Launch No: 335
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Location: One mile east of the Mewstone. Start Bay.
Katy Locke and Mark Conroy, lifeboat crew
Photo: Chris Tracey. RNLI
Katy Locke and Mark Conroy, lifeboat crew

The 6 minute launch time was due to the fact that the lifeboat was being prepared for a training exercise and the three crew were already in their drysuits. The Coastguard tasked them to a 25ft angling boat with 3 on board which had lost engine power one mile east of the Mewstone. The strong current had carried them even further east by the time that the lifeboat arrived, 20 minutes later. The boat was towed back to its berth above the Higher Ferry

25ft angling boat being towed up the Dart
Photo: Andy Kyle
25ft angling boat being towed up the Dart


Request Received 6:05pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 16 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 51 minutes
Back on Service 8:10pm


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction North
Wind Strength 3 knots
AIS track of the lifeboat for launch 335

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Chris Tracey (Helm)
Mark Conroy
Katy Sarah

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Pete Callis
Will Davis
Tom Shanley

Deputy Launch Authority

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