Launch to sinking motor cruiser

Launch No: 161
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Friday, 2 November 2012
Location: Mooring buoy at Galmpton bends

Dart lifeboat launched at the request of the Coastguard to a 33 ft Fairmile motor cruiser in danger of sinking. It was logged as a training exercise as no lives were at risk. The owner and his wife had returned by tender to their boat to find the engine compartment flooded and the boat to be sinking. The lifeboat crew decided to tow the boat from its swinging mooring to shallow water in Galmpton Creek as the tide was ebbing. The boat was lifted out later in the morning at Dartside Marina for investigation. Lifeboat crew; Kevin Murphy helmsman. Darren Hopley and Tony Rendle crew. Launch crew; Monty Halls tractor driver.


Request Received 10:42pm
Time at incident 2 hour, 0 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 43 minutes
Back on Service 1:30am


Sea/River State River Calm Ebbing tide
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 4-10 knots

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