Hire boat aground on mud

Launch No: 267
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Location: Old Mill Creek. River Dart.
Photo: RNLI crew

A Hire boat with four on board went aground on the mud at the entrance to Old Mill Creek two hours after High water. The RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat was tasked along with Coastguard and the Fire Brigade from Dartmouth and their mud rescue team from Teignmouth. The inshore lifeboat took two inflated rescue mats out to the mud and returned for the two man Fire Brigade and Coastguard teams on board a Police launch. The hire boat was some 35m from the nearest water. The team collected two of the casualties, took them to the lifeboat who then returned them to the shore. The process was repeated for the second two casualties and the boat was left at anchor on the mud. The casualties were taken to the lifeboat station for hot drinks and returned to their families.


Request Received 7:28pm
Time to recovery 2 hour, 50 minutes
Back on Service 10:35pm


Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction North
Wind Strength

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Jamie Mathys

Shore Crew

Mark Strudwick (Tractor Driver)

Deputy Launch Authority

Additional Crew

Harry Eaton

Station address

RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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