Report of capsized sailing boat with people in the water

Launch No: 476
Craft: Norma Ethel Vinall. B-825
Saturday, 7 August 2021
Location: The River Dart at Dittisham.

The Falmouth Coastguard requested Dart RNLI inshore lifeboat to check on a reported capsize and full
overturning of a sailing boat at Dittisham. A rigid inflatable was on site but was having difficulty
holding on and checking whether all had been recovered or whether there
were still persons in the water. On arrival the crew of the Dart B class lifeboat ascertained that only one person was on the dinghy involved and that the safety boat had picked them up. They were stood down by the coastguard and returned to station.


Request Received 6:08pm
Time at incident 25 minutes
Time to recovery 57 minutes
Back on Service 7:05pm


Sea/River State River Slight Chop
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 22-27 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Jamie Mathys
Kevin Murphy
Andy Pomeroy

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

Sophie Rennie

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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