River search for missing Totnesian

Launch No: 143
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Location: River Dart. Search area Sharpham to Totnes Weir.

The crew had been training on the Dart for two hours when they were tasked by the Coastguard to search the River Dart from Sharpham to the Totnes weir for a missing lady from Totnes thought to be at risk. As they were on a rising tide they were also able to search through the "Hole in the wall" and a short way up the River Hems towards Broadhempston. After three hours the river based search was called off. The land based search by other Emergency services continued. She was found on shore alive and well the following day. Lifeboat crew; Helm Buster Hart. Crewmen Mark Conroy and Ewen Menzies. Launch crew:Jim Brent and Mark Strudwick.


Request Received 12:20pm
Time at incident 2 hour, 50 minutes
Time to recovery 3 hour, 15 minutes
Back on Service 3:55pm


Sea/River State River Choppy
Wind Direction Northeast
Wind Strength 10-15 knots

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