Late night launch to a submerged Kayak near Totnes

Launch No: 469
Craft: Dudley Jane. D-838
Monday, 5 July 2021
Location: Totnes

Dart D-Class Lifeboat was tasked to check out a semi-submerged kayak up near Totnes. The Volunteer crew made their way up river, located the kayak and towed it to the waiting coastguard team. The Coastguard team then tasked the crew to carry out a slow search on their return to station. Nothing was found and the crew returned to the boathouse at 0225am. As a follow up to this story, the owener of the kayak entered the RNLI shop in Dartmouth and asked whether anyone had found a kayak. So a happy ending all round!


Request Received 11:54pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 30 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 31 minutes
Back on Service 2:30am


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Stuart Millard
Tom Shanley

Shore Crew

Buster Hart (Tractor Driver)
Richard Baker
Karl Madge

Deputy Launch Authority

Phil Braackenburg

Station address

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

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9 South Embankment (Ground Floor)
Devon TQ6 9BH

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The shop is open from 26 April 2021 from 11am to 1pm. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and from 11am to 3pm on Wednesdays. It is hoped to extend these times again shortly.

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