Red flare reported near Blackness Marine

Launch No: 322
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Friday, 3 November 2017
Location: Dittisham Bight. River Dart

The Coastguard Centre at Falmouth tasked the RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat to investigate the report of a red flare sighted in the Dittisham Bight on the River Dart. No vessel was found to be in distress but there was a report of fireworks having been set off from the vicinity of the boathouse at Stoke Gabriel and a fire could be seen burning there from across the river. The crew found no one ashore but a pile of spent fireworks had been placed in a bag alongside the wooden boathouse and had started a fire. The lifeboat crew were able to extinguish the fire using water directed from a nearby tap.


Request Received 10:28pm
Time at incident 25 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 2 minutes
Back on Service 11:50pm


Sea/River State Calm Cloud and rain
Wind Direction South
Wind Strength 4-6 knots Force 2

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Mark Conroy
Jamie Mathys

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Stuart Millard
Dean Nettleton

Deputy Launch Authority

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