Fisherman trapped on rocks

Launch No: 211
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 1 June 2014
Location: Beesands. Start Bay
Prawle Coastguard team after the casualty was in the ambulance
Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart LPO
Prawle Coastguard team after the casualty was in the ambulance

An elderly local man was fishing for mackerel from the old slipway at Beesands when his line became snagged on the rock armour at the water's edge. He slipped as he tried to free it and became wedged between the rocks. He was seen by a passing fishing boat that raised the alarm. The Coastguard centre at Brixham alerted the Kingsbridge Ambulance and the Prawle Point Coastguard team who in turn requested the help of the Dart RNLI inshore lifeboat. The Coastguard team, working up to their waists in water, decided to extricate the casualty themselves as he had been trapped for 45 minutes and the tide was coming in. The inshore lifeboat was stood down when he was safely in the Ambulance. Prawle Point Coastguard team led by Station Officer Steve Wonnacott.


Request Received 7:06am
Time to recovery 24 minutes
Back on Service 7:40am


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction Northeast
Wind Strength 1-4 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Haydn Glanvill
Yorkie Lomas

Shore Crew

Mark Conroy (Tractor Driver)
Pete Callis

Deputy Launch Authority

Additional Crew

Lifeboat crew. Buster Hart, helmsman. Haydn Glanvill, Paramedic crewman and Yorkie Lomas crewman. Launch crew. Mark Conroy, tractor driver. Pete Callis crew.

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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