44 ft. yacht with engine failure requested help entering harbour

Launch No: 336
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Location: 0.7 nautical miles from the River Dart entrance. Start bay.
44 ft yacht about to be berthed at the Town pontoon
Photo: Andy Kyle
44 ft yacht about to be berthed at the Town pontoon

The RNLI D class lifeboat was tasked to a French yacht, with two on board, which had developed engine failure as it approached the entrance to Dartmouth Harbour. They sailed to the Castle Buoy where they were taken in tow by the lifeboat which was then joined by a Dart Harbour Authority RIB. The yacht was then safely berthed at the Town pontoon.


Request Received 6:42pm
Time at incident 35 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 18 minutes
Back on Service 8:10pm


Sea/River State Moderate
Wind Direction Northwest
Wind Strength

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Yorkie Lomas
Stuart Millard

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Will Davis
Dani Lodge

Deputy Launch Authority

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

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