False alarm

Launch No: 226
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Location: Dartmouth Harbour

A 25 year old fisherman on an 18 foot boat called his family in distress. They relayed the message to the Coastguard who asked the RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat to launch and investigate. The lifeboat crew found that the boat had returned safely to its berth in the harbour and the originator of the message had left the scene. The call-out has been logged as a false alarm.


Request Received 1:01am
Time at incident 7 minutes
Time to recovery 39 minutes
Back on Service 1:50am


Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction South-Southeast
Wind Strength 12 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Chris Tracey (Helm)
Mark Conroy
Yorkie Lomas

Shore Crew

Pete Callis (Tractor Driver)
Buster Hart (Tractor Driver)
Tony Chapman
Kevin John
Dean Nettleton

Deputy Launch Authority

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RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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