Medivac from cabin cruiser after a pan pan call

Launch No: 329
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 15 April 2018
Location: Dartmouth harbour
Dean Nettleton, casualty care trained, assesses the situation.
Photo: Crispin Brabner, RNLI Dart lifeboat crew.
Dean Nettleton, casualty care trained, assesses the situation.

A lady was taken ill on a 35 foot motor cruiser off the Mewstone. The Coastguard was alerted by a Pan pan distress call and the RNLI Dart D class inshore lifeboat was diverted to attend. The lifeboat crew were on exercise up the River Dart at Duncannon. The lifeboat met the motor cruiser at the visitor’s pontoon at Darthaven Marina. The casualty was given oxygen and assessed by a casualty care trained crewmember. The Dartmouth Coastguard SAR team arranged to meet the casualty at the low water landing on the Dartmouth side where the Ambulance was positioned. She was taken across the river in the lifeboat. Later, after assessment by the ambulance crew, she was able to return to her boat.


Lifeboat underway at time of request.

Request Received 3:34pm
Time at incident 42 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 3 minutes
Back on Service 4:55pm


Sea/River State Slight to Moderate
Wind Direction South-Southwest
Wind Strength 11-16 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Crispin Brabner
Dean Nettleton

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Stuart Millard

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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