Mayday from drifting 43 ft Fairline Motor Cruiser

Launch No: 189
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 14 September 2013
Location: Off North end Slapton Sands. Start Bay

A Mayday call was received from a 43 foot Fairline Motor Cruiser with engine failure and four adults on board, drifting towards the shore at the North end of Slapton Beach. Dart ILB and Torbay All Weather Lifeboat were tasked to the scene. When the ILB arrived the vessel was being held offshore by another vessel. The ILB stood by until the Torbay lifeboat arrived and took the casualty vessel in tow. She was towed to the Noss Marina on the Dart, escorted by the ILB. Lifeboat crew. Kevin Murphy, helmsman. Yorkie Lomas and Steve Wallis, crew. Launch crew. Buster Hart, tractor driver. Al Duffy crew.


Request Received 1:41pm
Time at incident 16 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 9 minutes
Back on Service 4:00pm


Sea/River State Slight Chop
Wind Direction North
Wind Strength 11-16 knots

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