German 12 Ton ketch with engine failure

Launch No: 231
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Friday, 10 July 2015
Location: 1.5 miles S.E. of the Mewstone. Start Bay
German 12 tonne ketch towed in by Torbay ALB
Photo: Andy Kyle
German 12 tonne ketch towed in by Torbay ALB

The RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat was tasked by Falmouth Coastguard to attend a 12 ton German ketch with engine failure and 2 on board. On arrival at the scene the helmsman of the Dart inshore lifeboat realised that the ketch was too heavy for him to tow in that sea state and requested the RNLI Torbay all weather lifeboat to attend. A crewman from the Dart lifeboat was put on board the ketch to facilitate the tow. The Dart lifeboat accompanied the tow until the ALB handed it over to the Dartmouth Harbour Authority within the Harbour. They berthed the ketch next to British Steel.

German yacht tow take over by Dart Harbour Authority RIB
Photo: Andy Kyle
German yacht tow take over by Dart Harbour Authority RIB


Request Received 4:36pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 7 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 54 minutes
Back on Service 6:45pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction Southeast
Wind Strength 4-6 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Chris Tracey (Helm)
Kevin John

Shore Crew

Jerry Gilby (Tractor Driver)
Lee Darch
Yorkie Lomas

Deputy Launch Authority

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