Rescue of 31 ft. Cornish Crabber with 2 on board

Launch No: 333
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Monday, 7 May 2018
Location: 1 mile south of Dartmouth harbour entrance. Start Bay.
Cornish Crabber under tow in Dartmouth Harbour
Photo: David Bown
Cornish Crabber under tow in Dartmouth Harbour

As the RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat was about to be recovered from its previous two tasks they were directed by the Coastguard to a Cornish Crabber with two on board, 1 mile south of the Castles at the entrance to Dartmouth Harbour. Due to the lack of wind they had been motoring and run out of fuel. The lifeboat towed them to the fuel barge in Dartmouth Harbour.


Lifeboat underway at time of request.

Request Received 4:55pm
Time at incident 40 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 15 minutes
Back on Service 6:25pm


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction
Wind Strength 1-3 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Jamie Mathys (Helm)
Ewen Menzies
Aaron Spicer

Shore Crew

Stuart Millard (Tractor Driver)
Will Davis
Dani Lodge

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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