Seacock failure results in yacht taking on water

Launch No: 439
Craft: Staines Whitfield. B-795
Friday, 17 July 2020
Location: Dartmouth Harbour
Photo: Andy Kyle

A 43ft visiting yacht alerted the Coastguard that they had woken up to the sound of water gushing in to the yacht. Dart RNLI B class was launched and after assessing the situation decided that to move the yacht towards a drying out area could mean a chance of it sinking. So they remained on scene while the harbour authorities got the barge ready to go. Dart RNLI B Class then towed the vessel to Darthaven Marina and handed over the task to the harbour authorities. It was lucky for the yacht crew that it was such a calm night, and that they woke up when they did! On a lighter note, our resident night owl photographer managed to capture Comet Neowise whilst waiting for the yacht to either sink or be towed to safety!

There is something missing!
Photo: Andy Kyle


Request Received 1:07am
Time at incident 1 hour, 41 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 13 minutes
Back on Service 3:30am


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

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Mark Conroy
Will Davis

Shore Crew

Sophie Rennie

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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