Launch to six further yachts with broken moorings

Launch No: 196
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Monday, 23 December 2013
Location: Dartmouth Harbour
Photo: RNLI lifeboat crew
Storm in Dartmouth harbour

In extreme weather our volunteer lifeboatmen are principally concerned with saving lives rather than property. However when moored vessels break free there is the real possibility of boatmen taking undue risks to save their vessels or of the vessel injuring others who live aboard their boats moored in the harbour. The Coastguard initially tasked the lifeboat crew to a 45 ft Moody which was breaking free of her moorings in the high winds, having snapped the bow chain to her mooring buoy. With the asistance of the Dart Harbour Patrol the yacht was secured. The ILB was then tasked to inspect and secure a further five yachts which were breaking free of their moorings on the Visitors Pontoons. The final vessel in trouble was the 70 ft water bowser, Bay Oasis, which was attached to the Fairmile above Noss. The upriver bowline had parted and she was swinging into the main channel, dragging the large passenger boat with her. Working again with the Dart Harbour Patrol she was secured, with some difficulty in the high winds, to her mooring.


Request Received 12:38pm
Time at incident 2 hour, 29 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 41 minutes
Back on Service 3:30pm


Sea/River State River Choppy 3ft swell. Heavy rain
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength 39-47 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Chris Tracey (Helm)
Rich Eggleton
Buster Hart
Kevin Murphy

Shore Crew

Dai Richards (Tractor Driver)
Simon Amphlett

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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