Person in the water possibly requesting help.

Launch No: 345
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 30 June 2018
Location: West of Blackpool Sands. Start Bay.
Dart lifeboat crewman swims ashore to liaise with the Coastguard
Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart Lifeboat Press Officer
Dart lifeboat crewman swims ashore to liaise with the Coastguard

Several independent witnesses on Blackpool sands saw a figure in the water waving and possibly requesting help. The person was alone and 100metres off the rocks to the west of Blackpool Sands, off Matts Point. The Falmouth Coastguard tasked the RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat and the Dartmouth Coastguard SAR team to investigate. The lifeboat crew talked to three swimmers in the area as well as a kayaker who had been going past. None required help or had been waving although it is possible that the paddles of the kayaker could have been mistaken for a waving arm in the choppy sea. A lifeboat crewman swam ashore to liaise with the Coastguard and the lifeboat extended its search as far west as Strete Gate before they were tasked to a second incident.


Request Received 5:23pm
Time at incident 41 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 47 minutes
Back on Service 7:23pm


Sea/River State Slight Chop
Wind Direction East
Wind Strength 11 knots
L345 AIS of Blackpool Sands search and diversion eastwards on L346

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Will Davis
Haydn Glanvill

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Steve Wallis (Tractor Driver)
Caleb Brown
Yorkie Lomas
Jamie Mathys

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