Bayliner motor cruiser with a broken water pipe.

Launch No: 327
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 14 April 2018
Location: Opposite Noss Marina. River Dart
Photo: John Fenton. Lifeboat Press Officer
Dart D class inshore lifeboat, stock image

The RNLI Dart D class lifeboat was on exercise on the River Dart whilst the annual Head of the River race between Totnes and Dartmouth was in progress. They were asked by a race safety boat to assist a 27 foot Bayliner motor cruiser with three on board. The Greenway ferry, Christie Belle, was already alongside the vessel which had water entering the bilges from a broken engine water pipe. The lifeboat crew, who were only 200 metres away, informed the Coastguard that they were self-launching and returned to the lifeboat station for a salvage pump. When they returned to the boat the salvage pump from a Dart Harbour Navigation Authority vessel had the situation under control and the motor cruiser was safely towed by that vessel to the nearby Noss Marina .


Lifeboat underway at time of request.

Request Received 4:15pm
Time at incident 13 minutes
Time to recovery 20 minutes
Back on Service 4:45pm


Sea/River State Smooth
Wind Direction Southeast
Wind Strength 6 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Caleb Brown
Katy Sarah
Tom Shanley

Shore Crew

Mark Strudwick (Tractor Driver)
Caleb Brown
Rich Eggleton

Deputy Launch Authority

Station address

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

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Devon TQ6 9BH

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