Response by both Dart lifeboats to capsized dinghy.

Launch No: 377
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Location: Dartmouth Harbour

An RS dinghy with two adults on board capsized close to the Higher Ferry. Their safety boat was in attendance and alerted the Coastguard when the two crew were unable to right the dinghy with all its sails still up and being pressed against the deep water pontoon by the tide. The RNLI Dart D class lifeboat was exercising with the RNLI Dart B class lifeboat at the mouth of the river and was able to reach the sailors within three minutes of being tasked by the Coastguard. The D class crew were able to right the dinghy after one of the sailors was able to release the spinnaker halyard and lower the sail whilst the crew of the B class lifeboat assisted from the pontoon. The D class took the boat and its crew to the Higher Ferry landing slip. One of the crew changed out of their wet sailing gear in the lifeboat station.


Lifeboat underway at time of request.

Request Received 7:33pm
Time at incident 24 minutes
Time to recovery 32 minutes
Back on Service 8:25pm


Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction North
Wind Strength 6 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Chris Rampling (Helm)
Lee Darch
Tom Shanley

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Dani Lodge
Stuart Millard

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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