Family of four adrift near rocks

Launch No: 103
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Location: Start Bay

The Coastguard tasked the Inshore Lifeboat to a 3m Rib, Ruby, whose engine had stopped close to rocks at Coombe Point on its way to Blackpool Sands. There were two adults on board with their two young children. The Rib was towed to the low water landing where the DLA found that the engine had stopped due to a blocked breather valve in the fuel line. The engine was restarted and the Rib continued on its way without further assistance. Helmsman Tony Chapman. Lifeboat crew Ewen Menzies. Launch crew Mark Strudwick and John Yunnie.


Request Received 1:39pm
Time at incident 30 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 21 minutes
Back on Service 3:06pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction
Wind Strength 7-10 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Tony Chapman (Helm)
Ewen Menzies

Shore Crew

Mark Strudwick (Tractor Driver)

Deputy Launch Authority

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