Search for missing visiting yachtsman

Launch No: 230
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Monday, 29 June 2015
Location: Dartmouth Harbour

The inshore lifeboat was tasked by Falmouth Coastguard when a foreign visiting yachtsman had been reported missing in the harbour. The party had come ashore from their yacht on the visitors pontoon. After a meal they found their tender was dry on the mud. One of the crew decided to push it through the mud into the water whilst the others returned by the water taxi and found that he was not on board their yacht. The engine of the tender had failed but he managed to reach a pontoon on the Dartmouth side where he was found by the lifeboat crew. His wife was brought ashore by the lifeboat and the couple were then returned to their yacht.


Request Received 11:13pm
Time at incident 31 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 2 minutes
Back on Service 12:27am


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction Southeast
Wind Strength 5 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Mark Conroy
Rich Eggleton

Shore Crew

Jerry Gilby (Tractor Driver)
Stuart Millard
Chris Tracey

Deputy Launch Authority

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RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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