31' Moody Yacht with engine failure

Launch No: 239
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Location: The Range
Photo: Andy Kyle
Responding to a Pan Pan call from yacht near the Mewstone

A 31' Moody Yacht suffered engine failure and put out a PanPan call which was heard in the Dart lifeboat station. The Lifeboat Operations Manager decided to self launch as the PanPan message declared that they were close to the rocks. There were three people onboard one male and two females. The yacht came within 15 feet of Mew Stone Rock but the crew managed to turn the vessel. Chris Tracey RNLI Dart lifeboat crewman boarded the vessel and sailed it into the mouth of the river. A tow line was attached to the yacht and she was towed to her mooring in the Bight opposite to the Gunfield.


Request Received 5:14pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 2 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 46 minutes
Back on Service 7:15pm


Sea/River State Lumpy
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength 17-27 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Chris Tracey (Helm)
Buster Hart
Kevin John

Shore Crew

Pete Callis (Tractor Driver)
Jerry Gilby
Kevin Murphy

Deputy Launch Authority

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

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