Search for missing person

Launch No: 256
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Location: The coast between Scabbacombe Sands and Matts Point, Start Bay
Photo: John Fenton

The Police were conducting a search for a missing person in the Blackpool Sands area when their helicopter found a submerged object around 600 metres from the beach. The Dart inshore lifeboat was asked to investigate and found it to be a submerged buoy attached to the seabed. Coastguard Search and Rescue teams, the Mountain Rescue team from Ashburton, the Police and the Coastguard helicopter all joined the search and the inshore lifeboat was asked to conduct a shoreline search and to examine the cliffs from the sea. The Salcombe RNLI Tamar lifeboat, which could also provide better communications, conducted a sea search, and after three and a half hours at sea the inshore lifeboat was re-fuelled and a second crew took over. The second crew carried out a close inshore search of the coast as far east as Scabbacombe Sands. When low water had passed the lifeboat was stood down but the Coastguard teams continued searching until 2am with no person having been found.

2nd lifeboat crew; Chris Tracey helmsman, Richard Eggleton and Yorkie Lomas crew 2nd launch crew; Simon Amphlett tractor driver, Pete Callis and Stuart Millard crew.


Request Received 2:35pm
Time to recovery 6 hour, 25 minutes
Back on Service 9:20pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 15-30 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Dean Nettleton
Haydn Glanvill

Shore Crew

Simon Amphlett (Tractor Driver)
Aaron Spicer
Jerry Gilby
Stuart Millard

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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