Man, reported to be a non-swimmer, blown out to sea.

Launch No: 482
Craft: Norma Ethel Vinall. B-825
Saturday, 28 August 2021
Location: Slapton Sands, Start Bay
Photo: Andy Kyle/RNLI
Launch 482. Dart B class lifeboat passes the Regatta Jet Boarder display

Dart RNLI B-Class lifeboat was launched to the Northern end of Slapton Sands to search and recover a male in his 40's who was believed to be a non swimmer on a board. The wind had taken him out to sea approx. 200m. The lifeboat launched but in the meantime another boat assisted him to safety. The Coastguard search and rescue team was on the beach and assessed him as being fit and well. The lifeboat was stood down by the Falmouth Coastguard when she was off the Slapton memorial and returned to base. 

Time

Request Received 6:32pm
Time at incident 10 minutes
Time to recovery 58 minutes
Back on Service 7:30pm

Conditions

Sea/River State Slight Swell
Wind Direction Northeast
Wind Strength 4-6 knots
L482 B class inshore lifeboat called to N. end of Slapton lea

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Karl Madge
Rich Eggleton

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

Sophie Rennie

Station address

RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Dartmouth
Devon TQ6 9RR

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