Mayday from dismasted yacht. Three lifeboat reply.

Launch No: 212
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 8 June 2014
Location: 1.6 miles South of Blackpool Sands. Start Bay.
Dart & Torbay RNLI work on the rigging after dismasting
Photo: Dean Nettleton Dart RNLI
Dart & Torbay RNLI work on the rigging after dismasting

Dart inshore lifeboat was on a training exercise near Noss Marina when they responded to a Mayday call from a dismasted 31ft yacht with two on board south of Blackpool Sands. A crewman was put on board to assess the condition of the sailors and their boat. The lifeboat helmsman then used the lifeboat to turn the yacht into the wind. Torbay all weather Severn class lifeboat had been on exercise in Lyme Bay and arrived 10 minutes later. Two of the Torbay crew were transported to the yacht and the mast and rigging were cleared ready for towing by the Salcombe all weather Tamar class lifeboat back to Salcombe. Video footage of this rescue may become available on the Torbay and Salcombe lifeboat station web pages.

Awaiting the towline from Salcombe ALB
Photo: Dean Nettleton Dart RNLI
Awaiting the towline from Salcombe ALB


Request Received 10:52am
Time at incident 53 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 58 minutes
Back on Service 1:10pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength 1-16 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Tony Chapman (Helm)
Rich Eggleton
Dean Nettleton

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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