30ft yacht lost its rudder

Launch No: 305
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 19 August 2017
Location: Dart river mouth
Photo: Andy Kyle

A 30ft Dartmouth yacht with two on board lost her rudder in rough seas 37 miles off Salcombe. She was at the western end of the traffic separation zone. The RNLI Salcombe Tamar all weather lifeboat took her in tow and brought her to the mouth of the Dart. As the yacht had no steerage the RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat worked with the Dart Harbour Authority Rib to tow her to a berth on Noss Marina.


Request Received 8:03pm
Time at incident 58 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 42 minutes
Back on Service 10:00pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 11-21 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Mark Conroy

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Lee Darch
Stuart Millard

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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