Racing skiff stranded on Flat Owers

Launch No: 205
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Location: Flat Owers, Galmpton, River Dart
Kevin Murphy on the helm
Photo: RNLI Dart
Kevin Murphy on the helm

A rowing skiff with 5 persons on board was making its way from Totnes to the start of the Head of the River race in Dartmouth. They went aground on the Flat Owers mud bank. When the lifeboat reached the scene they could not get to the boat due to the lack of water but made verbal contact to ensure that they were OK. The lifeboat remained on scene until the skiff refloated and escorted them back to Dartmouth where they were checked by the St John's Ambulance team.


Request Received 10:29am
Time at incident 2 hour, 28 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 46 minutes
Back on Service 1:30pm


Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction North
Wind Strength 5-7 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Kevin John
Jamie Mathys

Shore Crew

Jerry Gilby (Tractor Driver)
Rich Eggleton

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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