Abandoned boat drifting off the Mewstone

Launch No: 250
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 7 February 2016
Location: Off Kelly's Cove. Start Bay
Photo: John Fenton

Walkers on the South West Coastal path sighted what they presumed to be an upturned dinghy off Old Mill Cove, north east of the Mewstone. They reported this to the volunteers at Froward Point Coast Watch who relayed the information to HMCG Solent. The RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat was on exercise in Old Mill Creek on the River Dart when they were deployed to investigate the sighting. They found an eight foot, cream coloured tender, practically submerged. It had drifted to a position off Kelly's Cove. The small outboard was in the elevated position, there were no oars on-board and the painter was hanging over the bow. These indicated that it was unlikely that there had been anyone in the boat when it was lost. The tender was towed to the double steps in Dartmouth Harbour.


Request Received 11:42am
Time at incident 34 minutes
Time to recovery 53 minutes
Back on Service 1:00pm


Sea/River State 2m swell
Wind Direction West-Southwest
Wind Strength 17-27 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Dean Nettleton
Mark Conroy

Shore Crew

Dai Richards (Tractor Driver)
Mark Strudwick
Mick Jones

Deputy Launch Authority

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