Flares sighted in the Sharpham area

Launch No: 246
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Location: Sharpham Reach, River Dart
Jerry Gilby retrieves the ILB after launch when flares reported
Photo: John Fenton Dart Lifeboat Press officer
Jerry Gilby retrieves the ILB after launch when flares reported

Tasked after the sighting of two red flares to the east of Sharpham. The Dartmouth Coastguard search and rescue team had not identified the source and the Solent Coastguard requested the inshore lifeboat to search the area on the river. It transpired that it had been a false call with good intent.


Request Received 8:17am
Time at incident 25 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 28 minutes
Back on Service 10:01am


Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction North
Wind Strength 10 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Aaron Spicer
Rich Eggleton

Shore Crew

Dai Richards (Tractor Driver)
Jerry Gilby

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