Rescue from inflatable 1 mile offshore

Launch No: 145
Craft: Constance Green. D-730
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Location: 1 mile offshore from Slapton Sands. Start Bay

Two local youths rowed off in their inflatables from Slapton Sands in a strong offshore wind. A holidaymaker immediately realised that they would have difficulty returning to shore and called the Coastguard who then tasked the Dart inshore lifeboat. One youth managed to return but the other, with only one oar and no lifejacket, was rescued one mile offshore. The Coastguard helicopter also attended but the lifeboat reached him first. The rescue has been recorded as a life saved. Lifeboat crew. Helm Kevin Murphy. Crewmen Jamie Mathys and Tony Rendle. Launch crew. Tractor driver Dai Richards.


Request Received 3:51pm
Time at incident 23 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 12 minutes
Back on Service 5:15pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 11-16 knots

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