False alarm

Launch No: 290
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Location: A381 bridge at Totnes

A man reported to the emergency services that he was stuck under the A381 bridge across the Dart at Totnes. The lifeboat was launched after a discussion between the DLA and the Coastguard as to whether a launch was feasible as there would be less than 0.3m of water at the scene as it was a very low spring tide. The Dartmouth Coastguard was also deployed to provide a communication link.The Fire Service could not locate the man at the scene and he was later found by the Police at his home. The lifeboat crew were stood down at 00:04.


Request Received 11:18pm
Time to recovery 1 hour, 27 minutes
Back on Service 1:10am


Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction East
Wind Strength 8-10 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Yorkie Lomas

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Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Crispin Brabner
Katy Sarah
Paul Manley

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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