37 foot yacht with engine failure

Launch No: 288
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Location: 1.5 miles from mouth of the Dart. Start Bay
Photo: Riki Bannister

The RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat was tasked by Solent coastguard to assist 2 yachtsmen on board a 37 foot Jeanneau yacht with engine failure due to contaminated fuel. They were on passage to Salcombe and then onward to France. The crew asked them to sail to the entrance of the Dart and they were then given an alongside tow to the Darthaven Marina. The lifeboat had radioed ahead to be recovered when they were contacted on Channel 16 by a fisherman requesting assistance. Please see next launch.


Request Received 6:34pm


Sea/River State Sea Calm
Wind Direction East
Wind Strength 4-6 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Crispin Brabner
Jamie Mathys
Mark Conroy

Shore Crew

Pete Callis (Tractor Driver)
Chris Tracey
Paul Manley
Rich Eggleton

Deputy Launch Authority

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

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