Dart Lifeboats involved in mass rescue at Sharpham

Launch No: 438
Craft: Staines Whitfield. B-795
Sunday, 5 July 2020
Location: Sharpham
Photo: Andy Kyle

Dart RNLI were tasked to assist in the rescue of initially 3 persons in the water after their 16ft sailing boat had capsized. Once on scene at Sharpham, they quickly ascertained that there had in fact been 7 persons on board, but the other 4 had swum ashore and waded through some pretty thick mud to safety on the bank of the River Dart. Dart D-Class plucked the 4 people from the mud bank and took them over to the Dart B-Class. All 7 were then taken back to Dittisham where they were met by Dart Coastguard. It turned out that the skipper had just raised the jib and main sail and then they were hit by a gust of wind and the vessel capsized. Dart Harbour then came to the rescue with strops and pumps and managed to lift the sailing boat out of the water. 

Photo: Andy Kyle


Request Received 4:53pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 4 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 7 minutes
Back on Service 7:30pm


Sea/River State River Choppy
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength Force 4-6

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Haydn Glanvill
Stuart Millard

Shore Crew

Karl Madge
Paul Manley

Deputy Launch Authority

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