6 young people saved from motor boat at 3am

Launch No: 152
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Monday, 23 July 2012
Location: Dartmouth Harbour

Six young people had borrowed a dinghy from the Town Jetty, Dartmouth to cross to Kingswear. The outboard engine failed and they began drifting out to sea in total darkness. Four decided to swim and try to tow the boat. When this failed they were able to get back on board without capsizing. A mobile was used to phone a Grandparent who alerted the Coastguard. They managed to grab the line of trots on the Kingswear side opposite Warfleet Creek from where they were found by the lifeboat. They were very cold but all conscious and grateful. They were taken to an Ambulance on the Kingswear pontoon and the vessel was returned to its berth in Dartmouth. Lifeboat crew. Kevin Murphy Helmsman. Richard Eggleton and Yorkie Lomas crew. Launch crew. Pete Callis Tractor. Monty Halls.


Request Received 2:43am
Time at incident 39 minutes
Time to recovery 55 minutes
Back on Service 3:53am


Sea/River State River Calm Ebbing tide
Wind Direction West-Northwest
Wind Strength 3 knots

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