Lone Yachtsman drags anchor during the night

Launch No: 468
Craft: Norma Ethel Vinall. B-825
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Location: Blackpool Sands

A lone Yachtsman aboard a Westerly 26 foot yacht was anchored close to Blackpool Sands - he woke to find he had drifted and the vessel was snagged on a buoy and he was unable to free himself. The Coastguard alterted Dart RNLI who launched the B-Class Norma Ethel Vinnel to the assistance of the stricken vessel. The Volunteer crew towed the vessel back to Dartmouth and understand that the Yachtman was on his way back to his home port of Plymouth and would continue that journey later in the day.


Request Received 4:30am
Time at incident 2 hour, 2 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 52 minutes
Back on Service 7:22am


Sea/River State Slight
Wind Direction Northeast
Wind Strength 7-10 knots Force 3-3

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Caleb Brown
Mark Conroy
Dean Nettleton

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

Phil Braackenburg

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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