Engine fire in yacht 8.4 miles off shore

Launch No: 297
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Friday, 14 July 2017
Location: 8.4 miles ESE of Dartmouth
Photo: Katy Locke

A 32 foot yacht with two on board called Solent Coastguard when they developed an engine fire. They gave their position as four miles east of Dartmouth. RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat located them sailing 8.4 miles ESE of Dartmouth and put a crewman on board to assess the situation. The fire was out. The RNLI Torbay all weather lifeboat arrived ten minutes later and took the yacht in tow to Brixham.


Request Received 1:41pm
Time at incident 15 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 49 minutes
Back on Service 3:45pm


Sea/River State 1m swell
Wind Direction West-Northwest
Wind Strength 16 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Katy Sarah
Yorkie Lomas

Shore Crew

Jerry Gilby (Tractor Driver)
Paul Manley
Tom Shanley

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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