Recovery of boat from the rocks

Launch No: 272
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Monday, 17 October 2016
Location: West of Sugary Cove, Start Bay
Photo: Chris Rampling

A white 12ft speedboat was reported to be drifting, with no-one onboard, towards Blackstone Point in the Dart estuary. The lifeboat crew found it grounded on the rocks, just west of Sugary Cove. The outboard engine was in the up position and it was presumed that no-one had been onboard when it became free. The boat was carefully manhandled back into the water and towed to the Dart Harbour pontoon to be identified. It appears that it had come from a running mooring in the Bight of the Dart.


Request Received 11:54am
Time to recovery 1 hour, 6 minutes
Back on Service 1:10pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction West-Southwest
Wind Strength 17-21 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Haydn Glanvill

Shore Crew

Jerry Gilby (Tractor Driver)
Dai Richards
Yorkie Lomas

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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