Safety concerns for 3 Paddleboarders and a kayaker

Launch No: 242
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 30 August 2015
Location: Dartmouth Harbour
The paddleboards were stored in the LBS for the night
Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart Lifeboat Press Officer
The paddleboards were stored in the LBS for the night

The crew of the Dartmouth Lower Ferry reported their concerns about three paddle-boarders and a sit on kayaker attempting to paddle upstream, in the dark, against a very strong ebb tide. Falmouth Coastguard requested the RNLI Dart lifeboat to investigate. As the lifeboat approached, one of the paddle-boarders was seen to fall off. The four men had left Dittisham early this morning, only wearing shorts and tee shirts. They were attempting to return from Dartmouth to Dittisham some two miles upstream and appeared intoxicated. The lifeboat crew took them on-board and brought their boards ashore. The boards and kayak were stored in the Lifeboat Station for collection the next day. The four were supplied with lifejackets while the lifeboat returned them to their embarkation point in Dittisham.


Request Received 9:02pm
Time at incident 35 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 8 minutes
Back on Service 10:25pm


Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength 5-8 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Jamie Mathys (Helm)
Lee Darch
Ewen Menzies

Shore Crew

Buster Hart (Tractor Driver)
Kevin Murphy

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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