Man onboard drifting boat in Waterhead Creek

Launch No: 271
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Monday, 3 October 2016
Location: Waterhead Creek, Kingswear, Dartmouth Harbour.
Photo: John Fenton

A man was reported by his son to be adrift in a boat in Waterhead Creek. The Coastguard tasked the Berry Head coastguard team, the Dart RNLI inshore lifeboat and a Paramedic to the scene. The casualty was found aground on the mud in a small cabin cruiser with no engine. The lifeboat pulled the boat free and took the casualty and his boat to the pontoon at the head of the creek where he was examined by the waiting Paramedic. The lifeboat crew were also asked to find and extricate the empty tender belonging to the boat, which they did.


Request Received 8:37pm
Time to recovery 48 minutes
Back on Service 9:35pm


Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength 22 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Aaron Spicer
Kevin John

Shore Crew

Mark Strudwick (Tractor Driver)
Katy Sarah
Pete Callis
Stuart Millard

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