Kayaker returned to Blackpool Sands when unable to make headway.

Launch No: 450
Craft: Norma Ethel Vinall. B-825
Saturday, 12 September 2020
Location: Redlap Cove. Start Bay
Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart Lifeboat Press Officer
The kayaker was returned with his craft to Blackpool Sands

Four holidaymakers from South Devon set off from Blackpool Sands to paddle to Dartmouth. As the wind strength rose one of them, a middle-aged man from Plymouth, decided to turn back, but was unable to make progress into the westerly wind and waves as his seat had broken. His wife, in a separate kayak, phoned the Coastguard who tasked the RNLI Dart Atlantic 85. He was found by the lifeboat crew off Redlap Cove. He and his boat were taken onboard and returned to Blackpool Sands.
The AIS track of the lifeboat shows the track of an exercise, practicing for just such a call out as this, carried out the evening before when the boat followed the coast to Torcross before returning. The track of this launch is also shown.


Request Received 1:20pm
Time at incident 14 minutes
Time to recovery 45 minutes
Back on Service 2:05pm


Sea/River State Sea Calm
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 4-10 knots
Track shows this launch & exercise to Torcross the previous evening

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Karl Madge
Haydn Glanvill
Ewen Menzies

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

Michael Bryant-Mole

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Devon TQ6 9RR

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