Call to three kayakers in the water

Launch No: 265
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Friday, 19 August 2016
Location: River Dart. Off Warfleet Creek

Four kayakers had hired two double kayaks and made their way to the mouth of the river, accompanied by an instructor in a single kayak. They decided in view of the heavy swell and adverse tide to turn back at Warfleet. One kayak capsized and filled with water. The instructor also capsized as he tried to tow the vessel. The three were in the water for approximately 10 minutes and the alarm was sent to the Coastguard by a passing yacht. A Harbour Authority boat with a cuddy was first on the scene and took the two casualties on board. They were extremely cold and a lifeboat crewman with first aid equipment was put on board when the inshore lifeboat arrived. The instructor self righted and the second kayak did not become a casualty. The casualties were landed at the low water landing and taken to the lifeboat station to warm up and were given dry clothing.


Request Received 11:11am
Time to recovery 44 minutes
Back on Service 12:30pm


Sea/River State River Choppy
Wind Direction South-Southeast
Wind Strength 11-35 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Lee Darch

Shore Crew

Dai Richards (Tractor Driver)
Jerry Gilby

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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