Search for missing person

Launch No: 200
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Friday, 7 February 2014
Location: River Search, Sharpham to Totnes Weir

The Coastguard requested that the River Dart be searched for a missing person who was considered to be at risk. Following a Crew Assemble, the crew launched and used their searchlight and night vision equipment to search both banks up to Totnes Weir. They had returned as far as Totnes Bridge when the person was located by the Police at Strete Gate. The conditions deteriorated throughout the search and the return down the river into the near gale was particularly unpleasant.


Request Received 7:23pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 7 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 55 minutes
Back on Service 10:25pm


Sea/River State River Choppy Heavy rain
Wind Direction South-Southeast
Wind Strength 32-38 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Tony Chapman (Helm)
Mark Conroy
Kevin John

Shore Crew

Mark Conroy (Tractor Driver)
Lee Darch
Yorkie Lomas

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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