Casualty with head injury after yacht collision

Launch No: 223
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Location: Checkstone buoy. Dart Estuary

A crewman on a yacht racing in Start Bay injured his head when the yacht he was on was involved in a collision with another yacht. He was given immediate First Aid on board and transferred to the RIB 'Northern Exposure' for transfer ashore. The Coastguard tasked the Dart RNLI lifeboat to divert from exercise on the River Dart and to attend. A lifeboat crewman was able to assess the state of the casualty and the lifeboat escorted the RIB up the river, the rowing racers having been asked to keep clear. The Casualty was landed and transferred to an Ambulance at the Regatta rendezvous at Sandquay.


Request Received 3:07pm
Time at incident 11 minutes
Time to recovery 33 minutes
Back on Service 3:50pm


Sea/River State Choppy 1.5-2.5m
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 17-21 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Andy Pomeroy (Helm)
Jamie Mathys
Ewen Menzies

Shore Crew

Simon Amphlett (Tractor Driver)
Jerry Gilby

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