42ft motor vessel hit rock on way out of Dartmouth Harbour

Launch No: 453
Craft: Norma Ethel Vinall. B-825
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Location: Dart estuary
Photo: Andy Kyle
Holed 44ft vessel under tow by Dart lifeboat. Dart Harbour vessels in attendance.

The motor vessel with one on board struck a rock, possibly the Bears tail, as she left Dartmouth Harbour shortly after low tide. The boat was holed below the waterline. Dart harbour vessels were quickly on the scene and the Coastguard asked the RNLI Dart lifeboat B-825 to attend and to bring the salvage pump which is stowed onboard. The 42ft vessel was not taking on water rapidly so the tow by the smaller Dart harbour RIB was taken over by the lifeboat to get her rapidly to Darthaven marina where she could be quickly lifted out of the water.

Photo: David Bown
42ft motor vessel, with damage below the waterline, under tow
Photo: Will Davis/Dart harbour
The damaged vessel was taken to Darthaven marina to be lifted out of the water


Request Received 4:34pm
Time at incident 10 minutes
Time to recovery 44 minutes
Back on Service 5:18pm


Sea/River State Slight Swell
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength 9 knots
AIS track of Launch 453 to a 44ft motor vessel holed below the waterline

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Haydn Glanvill
Kevin Murphy
Tom Shanley

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

Michael Bryant-Mole

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