Launch to report of person in the water at Dittisham

Launch No: 340
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 3 June 2018
Location: Mid river. Dittisham. River Dart

A visiting yachtsman reported to the Coastguard that there was a swimmer in the water at Dittisham who was getting quite far from the boat that he had set out from and was being carried upstream by the tide. The lifeboat volunteers launched quickly and found a yacht with a party of young men with a RIB alongside it between the pontoon at Dittisham and the Greenway jetty. It was soon established that the swimmer was safely back onboard the RIB. The party apologised that they had caused the volunteers to be called out. The yachtsman who had initiated the call was also visited and had clearly been quite concerned at the time.


Request Received 6:31pm
Time at incident 6 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 26 minutes
Back on Service 7:18pm


Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction East
Wind Strength 8 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Chris Rampling (Helm)
Jamie Mathys
Dean Nettleton
Tom Shanley

Shore Crew

Pete Callis (Tractor Driver)
Dani Lodge
Paul Manley

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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