Five adults in a broken down yacht tender

Launch No: 243
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Monday, 31 August 2015
Location: Off Newfoundland Cove, Dart Estuary.
Five adults retrieved in a dory with engine failure
Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart Lifeboat Press Officer
Five adults retrieved in a dory with engine failure

Five adults were seen by the National Coast Watch Station at Froward Point to be rowing a broken down 3.2 metre Zodiac yacht tender from the Mewstone back towards Dartmouth. They were facing a headwind and an increasingly strong ebb tide. The Coastguard tasked the RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat to assist them. When the lifeboat reached them they had been rowing for 40 minutes. They were towed back to their berth at Darthaven Marina.


Request Received 4:40pm
Time at incident 27 minutes
Time to recovery 50 minutes
Back on Service 5:45pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction North
Wind Strength 16 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Rich Eggleton
Dean Nettleton

Shore Crew

Kevin John (Tractor Driver)

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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