Motor boat with engine failure in Start Bay

Launch No: 40
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Location: Off Slapton Ley Start Bay

The Coastguard requested a launch to the 23 ft motor fishing boat, Milly Moo, which had developed engine failure. There were five people on board, three on holiday and two from Brixham. The boat was drifting towards the shore at the Strete Gate end of the Lea. They managed to hold their position by anchoring when 25ft off shore. The boat was towed back to the Dart Haven Marina in Dartmouth.


Request Received 5:50pm
Time at incident 54 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 21 minutes
Back on Service 7:26pm


Sea/River State Visibility poor
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength 10-14 knots

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