Ketch with engine failure in light winds

Launch No: 319
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 28 October 2017
Location: The Range. Dart estuary
The Single handed sailor was berthed at the Town pontoon
Photo: John Fenton LPO
The 32ft ketch was berthed at the Town pontoon
Single handed sailor was berthed at the Town pontoon

A single handed sailor on his 32ft ketch requested help in entering the harbour. He had engine failure and was unsure of his ability to sail in with the light winds.


Request Received 8:54pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 12 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 51 minutes
Back on Service 11:04pm


Sea/River State Slight Swell
Wind Direction West-Northwest
Wind Strength 7-10 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Jamie Mathys
Rich Eggleton

Shore Crew

Kevin John (Tractor Driver)
Lee Darch
Stuart Millard

Deputy Launch Authority

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

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