Mayday call from Motor cruiser on fire

Launch No: 187
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Location: 0.3 miles South of Froward Point, Dart Estuary

A Mayday call was received by the Coastguard from a Fairline Targa 29 motor cruiser in the mouth of the Dart, reporting a fire on board which had stopped their engine. There were two persons and a dog on board. The fire was extinguished by their automatic fire extinguishers. Two larger boats were standing by and then Interceptor, a Regatta Race safety RIB helmed by Colin Bower, previously with the Torbay RNLI lifeboat crew, reached the scene. As Interceptor had twice the power of the inshore lifeboat the helmsman asked Interceptor to take the initial tow to pull the cruiser away from the Mewstone. The lifeboat took over the tow at Warfleet and put the cruiser alongside the Double Steps on the South Embankment. There the local fire crew were able to board and established that the fire had been in the exhaust system and it was safe for the lifeboat to tow her to her berth on a floating Kingswear pontoon. Lifeboat crew. Tony Chapman, helmsman. Rachel Cole and Lee Darch crew. Launch crew. Pete Callis, tractor driver. Kevin John crew.


Request Received 3:45pm
Time at incident 13 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 29 minutes
Back on Service 5:24pm


Sea/River State Slight Swell
Wind Direction North-Northeast
Wind Strength 8-10 knots

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