Photo: John Fenton. RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer
Boat found adrift and brought ashore
The crew of the lower ferry reported that they had found an empty dinghy adrift close to their path on the Kingswear side of the river. The RNLI Dart D class lifeboat was launched, retrieved the dinghy and took it to the lower ferry slipway on the Dartmouth side. The engine was warm and in the down position but no ignition key was in place. There was the possibility that someone had turned off the engine and then fallen in, so the lifeboat searched the Dartmouth shoreline in the dark from the ferry slip towards Warfleet, the area of the Darthaven marina and the river. The Dartmouth Coastguard SAR team also searched the shoreline and the pontoons.
The dinghy belonged to a "Live aboard" on the Kingswear side of the river who had borrowed the unmarked dinghy as his was being serviced and he was unaware that it was adrift.
RNLI Dart crew searching Dartmouth Harbour after boat found adrift.