Mayday call from single handed yachtsman.

Launch No: 80
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Location: Dart Estuary. Between Blackstone and Castle Ledge Buoy.
Photo: Andy Kyle
L80 Escorted Harbour Authority launch with yacht in tow

A Bavaria 35ft sailing boat with one man and a 3 year old child on board (both wearing lifejackets & harnesses) had a jib sheet round the propeller and was drifting towards rocks. The anchor had been deployed before a Mayday signal was sent out. A DHNA patrol craft responded to the call and the ILB was at the incident 2 minutes later. The DHNA vessel took the yacht in tow and ILB stood by. The yacht was returned to its mooring in Dartmouth. Crew: Tony Chapman (helm), Kevin John, Haydn Glanvill.


Request Received 2:25pm
Time at incident 15 minutes
Time to recovery 50 minutes
Back on Service 3:25pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction West-Southwest
Wind Strength 22-27 knots

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